Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos have an uneasy relationship. In 2014, the player became the club’s first-ever captain to dispute a contract renewal, and last summer he left the club for a then-world record fee of £85 million. Now though, the Valencia captain has indicated he would be open to leaving Real Madrid, with a move to AC Milan reportedly on the cards.
Real Madrid have always been a club known for having a good manager and a fantastic team. It is not often that coaches are hired especially when the job is to manage the club, but for Carlo Ancelotti they hired him despite having one of the most powerful teams in the world. Carlo Ancelotti was hired by the club as a way of having someone who could bring a sense of calmness to the locker room, but also to be able to work with the best players in the world, including club captain and best player in the world Cristiano Ronaldo.
1:16 PM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Carlo Ancelotti has said that he has no doubts about a return to Real Madrid, but has hinted that he may have to accept the departure of his captain Sergio Ramos: I couldn’t imagine Real Madrid without Ancelotti, and it happened. Ancelotti, who previously coached the club from 2013 to 2015, was unveiled at Real Madrid City’s training ground on Wednesday. – La Liga on ESPN+: Live games and replays (US only) The 61-year-old Italian has signed a three-year contract as a replacement for his assistant Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down last week. Ancelotti said he had not yet had time to discuss summer acquisitions or the coaching staff with president Florentino Perez and that he was relying on the current squad, including Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, in the battle for trophies. I saw the president earlier, we talked a little bit, everything happened very quickly, Ancelotti said. We haven’t had time to talk yet. We will be working on this in the coming days. I just thanked the president, it’s very important to me to be here. He added: I think the team composition is very good. There is a combination of experienced players – [Toni] Kroos, [Luka] Modric, Ramos, Bale, [Karim] Benzema – and young quality players: Vinicius Júnior, Rodrigo, [Federico] Valverde… The team is big, we need to cut it down a bit. I think with this team we [can compete], Ancelotti added. With this team and without borrowed players like Bale, [Martin] Odegaard, [Dani] Ceballos, Madrid reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and struggled in the league. Ancelotti said he needed to update himself on the progress of Ramos’ contract negotiations before commenting on his situation. I just got here, I need to talk to the club about this, he said. I couldn’t imagine Real Madrid without Ancelotti, and it happened. We all have to accept that… I know all the players well, it is a pleasure to come back and work with them, and Sergio Ramos is one of them. play 1:19 Shaka Hislop assesses Eden Hazard’s status at Real Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window. He has played a fundamental role in all the club’s successes. He talks about his renewal, but like I said, I was at Liverpool until yesterday. If I know the details, we can talk more openly. The future of some veterans Ancelotti knows well is in doubt after they lost their place in the first team under Zidane. I am very attached to Gareth, Isco and Marcelo, Ancelotti said. They are players of Real Madrid and I will try to motivate them, but there is a referee who is not me, but the pitch….. Gareth hasn’t had much time in the Premier League yet, but he’s already scored plenty of goals. He’s coming back, I know him well, and I think if he’s motivated and does his best, he could have a great season. He also helped Hazard overcome his fitness problems that prevented him from proving himself during two injury-plagued seasons in Spain. He is the best player, Ancelotti said. He’s had some problems, he hasn’t reached his potential yet, but I think he’ll get there. This could be the year for him. In his first spell as coach of Real Madrid, Ancelotti won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, before being sacked in 2015. He joked that he recognized many journalists at his first press conference, said that the only thing that changes at Real Madrid are the coaches and promised to play attacking, spectacular and intense football. Ancelotti coached Bayern, Napoli and Everton after he was sacked in 2015. He led Premier League clubs to 12th and 10th place before agreeing to return to Madrid. His predecessor, Zidane, whom he describes as a friend, resigned last week after complaining of a lack of support from the club and the president and being undermined by leaks to the press. What can I say about Zizu? He won three European Cups and did a fantastic job, Ancelotti said. That’s football, one coach comes, another leaves ….. I haven’t spoken to him yet, it all happened really fast, but I will definitely talk to him. He added: I’ve been involved in football for 40 years. I know this world well. We need to accept what is happening and respect everyone: Players, coaches, reporters… I don’t know what kind of personal relationship Zidane had with the president. When Madrid called and asked if I wanted to come back, I didn’t hesitate.