Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to comment on a dinner he had with the club’s president Florentino Perez.
The former Chelsea boss is under fire from all angles, with the Spanish press questioning the job he’s doing at Real Madrid after a string of unimpressive performances.
Real Madrid find themselves third in La Liga behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who have both made perfect starts to the season.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League tie against FC Copenhagen, the Italian hit back at media questioning about a recent dinner meeting he had with Real Madrid’s influential president.
“No one cares who you like or have dinner. It's a private thing. No one's business,” said Ancelotti as reported on AS.
The dinner could have been to do with several things relating to the team and to do with Ancelotti’s running of the team.
There have been numerous suggestions doing the rounds on social network site Twitter, that Ancelotti used the occasion to press Perez for a new centre forward this January.
That would be understandable considering the pressure Karim Benzema has been under, with the club’s fans calling for Ancelotti to give youngster Alvaro Morata a run of games in the first team.
Ancelotti clearly doesn’t have a lot of faith in his centre forward options although he does have two quality players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, when the Welshman can get over his fitness problems.
The meeting could have been about the performances of the team, with two performances in particular scrutinised by the Spanish press; the 2-1 win against Real Betis on the first day of the season and the 1-0 win away at Getafe at the end of August.
Real Madrid fans, and officials, have grown used to flamboyant displays with their world class superstars taking centre stage, grinding the opposition into the ground with big wins.
There are also issues in the media at the moment relating to some of the club’s higher profile players, players who have always had a very good relationship with Perez and the idea behind a meeting may have been to discuss those issues.
Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have both been the subject of stories suggesting they could move on from Real Madrid at the end of the season, two icons who Perez has always viewed fondly.
Whatever was discussed at the meeting, it’s still far too early to judge Ancelotti and it’s a little mystifying how problems can be found when a side is winning games, regardless of how they are playing.
What do you think would have been discussed? Are you surprised with the flack Ancelotti’s receiving?
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