Carlo Ancelotti has signed the contract at Ciudad Real Madrid alongside President Florentino Perez. A new era has started in Real Madrid and Ancelotti would face a lot of tough challenges in the upcoming season.

After the formalities, Ancelotti faced the press where he shared his opinion with the journalists.

Here are the excerpts:

On the Real Madrid return

When t the President called me, I had no doubts.

I’m really happy to return here; to a club that I feel is my home. I’m going to put all my energy into doing what we did in the past. I have great memories of the two years I had here – the trophies, the relationship with everyone

Criticisms

Everyone knows the aim at Real Madrid: to win La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. That’s the aim. Criticism is normal.

This is the most followed club in the world. Coaching the biggest club in the world is a huge responsibility and at times things don’t go as you’d like. But the main thing is to respect people: the players, the coaches, the journalists…

On Allegri and Conte

They’re coaches who have won things at big clubs. Conte has won Serie A. Allegri has won a lot at Juventus. Comparing me with these two friends of mine is nice to hear.

On Zinedine Zidane

What can I say about Zizou? He won three Champions Leagues and did a great job, and did a great job right to the end. He left and then came back, and did everything very well. Everyone has to be thankful to Zizou.

What he did was incredible. I haven’t spoken to him yet, because it’s all happened so quickly. But I’m sure we’ll talk.

Did you understand what Zidane was saying in his open letter and did you have doubts about returning to Real Madrid after reading it?

I don’t know the relationship Zidane had with the president, so it’s hard for me to answer that question.

On Zidane’s open letter

I’ve been in football for 40 years. In football, people talk. The players play football, the journalists report what happens. That’s all normal. I know this world very well, that’s what it’s like. We have to accept what happens. We have to respect everyone who works in this world: coaches, players, journalists.

Interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo?

He hasn’t sent me a message.

I have a lot of affection for Cristiano, but I don’t like talking about players at other clubs. He has a contract at Juventus and I don’t think it’s right to talk about him if he has a contract with another club. I’m very happy to see him still doing very well at Juventus, scoring lots of goals.

On the contract situation of Sergio Ramos

I’ve only just arrived and I’ll have to talk about that with the club in the coming days. I haven’t yet had the chance to talk about the players’ futures.

It’s clear that Ramos is a very important player for Real Madrid. He has been a big part of the cub’s successes. We’re going to talk with the player, but I don’t know the details [of Ramos’ contract talks] because I’ve been to Liverpool.

On Eden Hazard

He’s a top player. He’s had problems – in his first year here he had a bad injury and hasn’t reached his potential here, but I think he will.

On Gareth Bale

Gareth didn’t play a lot in the Premier League last season, but he scored a lot of goals. He was very effective when he got his chance in recent games. I know him very well, and if he is motivated to try to play his best, he can have a great season. I have no doubts about that.

Lack of goals

Benzema needs to score 50, not 30. Vinicius needs to score more goals. We need more goals from the rest. The players I have a lot of quality. I’m delighted to get the chance to coach Benzema again. He has improved a lot, he is assuming more responsibility. There are young players with big futures. it’s not only about signing players – but it’s also about the rest scoring more goals.

 On the squad

I haven’t spoken to the club about that yet. I know the squad well; I know the young players and the players coming back from loans. We have a lot of options. I want to assess everyone calmly. The first time I was here four young players from Castilla came in – Morata, Nacho, Casemiro and Jesé – and they did very well. And Carvaajhal came in from Bayer Leverkusen. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the young players and the experience of the older players, we did well.

I think we have a very good squad, with a blend of experience – Kroos, Modric, Ramos, Bale, Benzema… – and a group of very young players with a lot of quality – Rodrygo, Vinicius, Valverde… Players who have shown the quality they have. So we have a quality squad. We have to cut it down a bit, and we’ll have to see how we do that.

 Playing style

The tradition, the history of this club is trying to play attacking football. I think football has changed in these five years. It’s now more intense, more organized, but the idea is always the same at Real Madrid. The football has to be attacking and spectacular.”

Veterans in the squad

I have a lot of affection for Bale, for Isco, for Marcelo… They’re Real Madrid players and that motivates them. The only judge is the pitch. They have to train well and show the coach that they can play for Real Madrid.

The make-up of Ancelotti’s backroom team

We’re going to decide on the coaching staff in the coming days.

Responsibility

Coaching Real Madrid is a big responsibility, but a nice one. You’re in charge of the best club in the world.

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