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Ancelotti outlines Real Madrid’s summer transfer dealings

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Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid’s training complex in Valdebebas fully rested from the summer break and eager to get down to work in his first week back. And also with very clear ideas about what the squad needs. Firstly, he would like Dani Ceballos to take on the challenge of renewing his contract and fight for a place with the other six midfielders in his squad - a group of players with the best figures in Europe: Casemiro , Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde and Tchouameni. Ceballos was brought on for the final minutes of May’s Champions League final against Liverpool - a message, letting him know that if he stays he will have some kind of role. As for Asensio, it all depends on what the player expects in the new season - if he wants to stay and fight with pride he will have his place, if not, it would be better for Jorge Mendes to find him a new club.

Plenty of options in attack

As for reinforcements, Carletto understood at the end of the season that the club was not going to make a large outlay for a top striker. Gabriel Jesus and Sterling were mentioned as possible additions but neither would have a secured starting place ahead of Benzema. Ancelotti advised that Jovic should leave so that Borja Mayoral can return - he will be given opportunities along with Hazard and Rodrygo whenever Benzema needs a rest.

In defence, Ancelotti is more than satisfied with the arrival of Rüdiger. He is aware that Marcelo’s departure left Mendy isolated on the left. But with Rüdiger on board, he has the option of fielding Alaba in that position. That will allow Nacho to maintain his role as the team’s third central defender and multipurpose player for any emergency. Ancelotti knows exactly what he wants and what the team needs.

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