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Ancelotti on Haaland: He's a great, but I'm sticking with my squad

Wed 11 May 2022 | 13:57

Erling Haaland, who joined Manchester City, had long been connected with Real Madrid.

Erling Haaland is a "wonderful player" who will join a "great club" in Manchester City, but Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that he isn't too disappointed about missing out on the prized attacker. 

On Tuesday, Man City announced that they had struck a deal to sign Haaland, who has been connected to several teams around Europe, including Ancelotti's Real Madrid. 

Only Robert Lewandowski (122) and Kylian Mbappe (89) have scored more goals in fewer appearances than Haaland has since joining Dortmund in January 2020.

However, Los Blancos already has a lethal scorer, 

Karim Benzema

, who has 57 direct goal participation in all competitions, the most in Europe's top divisions. 

Ancelotti has made no secret of his admiration for Haaland, but he is pleased with his present group, which has already won his first

LaLiga

championship and advanced to the

Champions League

final due to their incredible comeback against City last week. 

When questioned about Haaland's impending move to the

Premier League

leaders, Ancelotti replied at a press conference on Wednesday:

"I don't really like to talk about this."

"He's a great player, City's a great club. But I'm sticking with my squad, which has led me to enjoy another Champions League final."

Madrid earned a confrontation with Liverpool in Paris by defeating City in a thrilling semi-final contest in which they trailed 5-3 with a minute remaining in regular time.

Last Saturday, Los Blancos were defeated 1-0 by rivals Atletico Madrid in a game in which Ancelotti made seven modifications to his starting eleven. 

Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema, and Vinicius Junior are all set to return for Thursday's trip to Levante, who have only lost one of their previous four LaLiga meetings with Madrid. 

Despite winning the league with four games to go, Ancelotti maintains his team is not yet focused on their forthcoming match against Liverpool on May 28 at the Stade de France. 

"The time we have spent together since the Atletico match has been looking only at tomorrow's game," he said. 

"It's important we give minutes to those who didn't play against Atletico, and then we have another game on Sunday. We are not preparing for the final.

"Tomorrow is a game that we have to play well to win. The objective is the same: keep a good rhythm, play well with the ball and win the match.

"If you lose competitiveness, you will not do well. They must rest, but also play in order to reach 100 percent. 

"All this time it has been said that Ancelotti did not rotate and now that he does, nobody is happy. You have to give minutes to players."

Even though Haaland is no longer on the market, Madrid is anticipated to bolster their assault, with Mbappe being their primary goal.

However, Ancelotti was once again hesitant to disclose any prospective targets, with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger also being linked with a move to Madrid. According to rumors published on Tuesday, the agreement was made to bring the German defender to the Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer.

"After the final there will be time to talk about this. For now, we are just aiming to finish the season well," he said.

"Talking about the future transfer window is not correct, I don't want to. I want to talk about tomorrow's match. It is the day to talk about this, not about alleged new signings."

 


source: SportMob

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