Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says the players coming in at his club aren’t the problem, it’s the players leaving.
Carlo Ancelotti has been under pressure from day one at Real Madrid, replacing a Jose Mourinho who shook things up in Spanish football, breaking the dominance of Barcelona temporarily.
Real Madrid flexed their financial muscles over the summer to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth around £85 million, but the club’s Italian boss has suggested players going the other way are the main problem.
“Everyone talks about the 100 million euros spent on Bale. But you could also talk about the money Real Madrid took in during the transfer window -- more than 120 million euros,” said Ancelotti.
Ancelotti has been attacked from all angles within the Spanish media for the apparently mediocre start and bland football Real Madrid have produce so far this season.
However, he has a point because Real Madrid lost some key and experienced players over the summer with Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain and Raul Albiol among others being allowed to leave.
How that relates to this winter is very simple; the boss is not going to be at all happy to let his best players leave in the middle of the season.
That idea is significant to any club which has an interest in a Real Madrid player ahead of the January transfer window such as Arsenal, currently tracking the progress of striker Karim Benzema.
Ancelotti will be reluctant to have Alvaro Morata leading his frontline, especially when neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale have been successful in a number nine type role.
Both of those players are successful coming into central area from wide positions or playing at the top of the midfield, over leading the attack as the sole centre forward.
It’s an obvious argument to suggest that Real Madrid have enough firepower to compensate for the loss of someone like Benzema, but he remains the best out and out centre forward at the club.
Ancelotti’s emphasis on the players who have left will not be helped by contradictions from the club’s president Florentino Perez, who said earlier in the season that more players would be leaving.
It’s a difficult one but if Ancelotti holds any sway and real influence at Real Madrid, it could be difficult for any side to poach a Madrid player this January, leaving next summer as the more realistic time to do some business.
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