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Ancelotti: “Bellingham has some things like Kaka”

The Italian spoke ahead of taking on Granada on Saturday

Carlo Anceloti Press Conference After Real Madrid Training Day Photo By Oscar J. Barroso/Europa Press via Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press at Valdebebas ahead of this weekend’s LaLiga fixture against Granada at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday evening. One of the hot topics was Jude Bellingham and comparing him to footballing legends. “I never saw Di Stefano play, I saw Cruyff and Zidane, obviously. I’ve already compared Zidane to Bellingham,” Ancelotti reflected. “I’m surprised by Bellingham the same as the first time I saw Kaká. I’m not saying that he’s like Kaka, but he mas many things that Kaká had.”

Ancelotti on what Jude Bellingham has in common with him

“The fingernails. No, seriously, he’s a fantastic player. He’s valued by the team not because of his goals, but because of the work that he does to help the team. He is very well respected.”

Ancelotti on Bellingham’s goals target

“We’ve never asked Bellingham to score goals. He does it because he has that fantastic ability to get to the opposition’s box at the right time. He has to continue like that, but there will be a time when he isn’t scoring. For us, we value him for the work that he does, not his goals.”

Ancelotti on Bellingham’s role off the pitch

“He’s very well-respected for his work in the team, in the dressing room. He’s very humble and he gets on very well with everyone. Going into the Real Madrid dressing room is very easy, especially for the young players, because the level of ego, especially with the veterans, is very low, so it’s simple.”

Ancelotti on Bellingham’s fitness

“He’s okay to play tomorrow. He’s a little tired, he has a small knock on his ankle, so we decided not to take any risks with contact, but he’s good to play tomorrow.”

Ancelotti on injuries

“It’s a general problem, not just our problem. Every game has players getting injured. It’s a calendar which is putting a lot of pressure on, especially now with important games in Europe where qualifications are being decided. It’s a moment to try to get through it. There are opportunities for players who have had few chances and can now add a lot.”

Ancelotti on Kepa

“Kepa is available. I will speak to him later. He’s trained today for the first time with the medical green light. Tomorrow we’ll continue with Lunin and then he’ll have a week to prepare for the Betis game.”

Ancelotti on playing on December 21st

“The schedule? What can we do? It would be good if they hadn’t given us a game on Thursday 21st at 9:30pm. I think it will be cold in Vitoria. But it’s what there is. We could have had it before, we have players going to South America for Christmas, and they will have few rest days. It doesn’t make sense to play on the 21st at 9:30pm.”

Ancelotti on Fede Valverde’s best position

“It’s a difficult question, because he adds value wherever I put him. As a winger, as a central midfielder, as a pivot. I think he has the profile of a very complete midfielder who offers a lot, scoring goals, adding energy, having quality. He’s fundamental for us.”

Ancelotti on expecting a drop in form

“Who knows? You never know when a turn of bad form could hit. Football changes very quickly. The bad guys can no longer be bad and can get out of that situation quickly. We don’t know when it will come, but a difficult time will come.”

Ancelotti on Granada

“The objective is to keep up this good form and continue showing quality in our play and our commitment. This period has shown the commitment of the whole team to find good form and get good results.”

Ancelotti on this being the best spell in his Real Madrid career

“I don’t know. It’s a positive period. On a personal level I feel loved by everyone, but it’s good to always watch out because the form will change and we have to be prepared.”

Ancelotti on his relationship with the club

“We’re very good and the relationship is very good. Like I say, I feel very loved by those around me and that motivates me.”

Ancelotti on needing another forward

“That’s a completely different topic. The work the club did in the summer is showing its results now. The injuries are a problem to do with the schedule.”

Ancelotti on resting Antonio Rüdiger

“We’ll see when we can rest him. He’s shown concentration, a lot of concentration, and a lot of intelligence in positioning and great attitude in every game. He’s a great central defender for us.”

Ancelotti on Toni Kroos’ retirement

“The decision that he will take is up to him. He has everything he needs to make the correct decision for him. He’s very loved here, he knows that. He carries on with his usual quality and play and he’s very good. Every player I’ve put next to him, he’s never changed his attitude. He works well with Valverde, with Tchouameni, with Camavinga. He’s always the same.”

Ancelotti on Nico Paz

“I think he’s doing a very good job, he had his chance on Wednesday. He was ready and I have said that young players with us are players who are ready to play. I’m sure he could offer something, the same as Gonzalo García or Theo Zidane. I have to give priority to the first team, but it’s good for us to have young players who can do things like what Nico did against Napoli.”

Ancelotti on Endrick

“We’re watching him, obviously. We’re very happy with him. His progression is very quick. We’re very excited to have him here with us next season.”

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