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Ancelotti: "Di María will stay with us"

The Italian coach spoke after a 0-0 draw against Olimpic Xátiva in Copa del Rey. He talked about the development of the game and most importantly, about Di María's condition and future.

Lucas Navarrete

It wasn't a great game for Real Madrid but it still produced some good quotes from Carlo Ancelotti, especially about Ángel Di María, who was rumoured to have agreed to a deal to join Monaco this winter. Also, Di María was substituted in the game and headed straight to the locker room afterwards.

Carletto, on Di María's condition: "He had muscular overload in his calf. It wasn't easy playing on that field. We're not used to these conditions. He asked for the substitution because of a little problem with his calf. He had this problem at the half. I asked him to wait 10 minutes so Benzema could warm up."

Ancelotti also spoke about the future of the Argentine player: "Di María will stay with us. He's happy here and won't have a problem staying with us. We haven't even discussed such possibility." If true, that's some great news. We'll find out more in the following weeks.

It was a bad game overall, but the coach still wasn't unhappy about the game: "I'm satisfied. It wasn't a great game but it wasn't a bad one either. We had two or three great chances. We defended well and we played with balance." Not sure most people will agree with him here but Real Madrid shouldn't have a problem beating Olimpic at Bernabéu.

More on the team's performance: "We tried to play our game but it was a complicated match for us. We're not used to playing in such conditions". Olimpic Xátiva plays on artificial turf. That's the reason why Xabi Alonso didn't play tonight and apparently, it also affected Di María.

Álvaro Morata didn't have his best game but Ancelotti isn't worried: "He's fine. He had a couple great chances and couldn't score but he worked well tonight."

Finally, he had some praise for his opponent: "Xátiva defended very well. They were really organized tonight and worked really well tonight."

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