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Carlo Ancelotti: “Eden Hazard is staying”

Ancelotti spoke in his press conference ahead of the LaLiga fixture with Cádiz on Sunday.

Kieran Quaile
Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti  during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante UD played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Ruben Albarran / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Carlo Ancelotti spoke on Saturday ahead of Real Madrid’s matchday 37 fixture against Cádiz on Sunday. Madrid travel to Andalusia after beating Levante 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu on Thursday.

The player who has surprised and disappointed you the most?

None of them have disappointed. Each one has done their job. I was surprised by the ones I knew less; Valverde, Rodrygo, and Camavinga. I wasn’t surprised by Vinicius because he has that talent. He has been more successful with his finishing.

Marcelo and his desire to continue at Madrid

We haven’t talked about next season. We’ve said it many times. After the final, we will talk about everything.

Eden Hazard

He’s staying, and with a lot of motivation because he hasn’t had a good time. He wants to show his quality. Hazard’s plan is clear. He is staying.

Game time for Hazard

I think so. In a squad like Madrid’s, there are a lot of games. There will be changes. With a more complete squad, you can rotate more and everyone can have opportunities. The starting line-up in a big team is very complicated. For everyone. Not only for those who play less. The amount of minutes is not important. We have the example of Rodrygo. He hasn’t played much but has shown his quality when he has.

Champions League final

Would you prefer to play the final now?

We have to respect the schedule. We have two weeks. We’ll do a good job to be ready for the final.

Resting Benzema

I rested him because he deserves it. I’ve given him two days. Tomorrow I will also rest Vinicius and Courtois. They will be back on Tuesday. Carvajal, Ceballos and Hazard are back. We are doing well with the plan and next week they will all be back.

Mo Salah’s words

He’s right, it’s not easy to find a right or left winger like him in the world. In his position, he [Salah] is the best in the world.

The Real Madrid dressing room

First of all, they are professional, and there are no arrogant people. Everyone is very humble and very respectful. It’s a dressing room full of good characters. It has not been easy to find dressing rooms like this in my career.

Levante’s relegation

In football there are victories and also defeats. Whoever is capable of losing, is also capable of winning. They are sad moments and you have to bear in mind that it’s only sport. It’s normal that when things don’t go well you have to keep going and look ahead with strength and energy.