Carlo Ancelotti: “Karim Benzema is not a kid, but he’s going to be with us next year.”

Carlo Ancelotti has spoken in a pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s La Liga clash with Elche on Wednesday.

Madrid need a No 9

“Well, that Madrid need a 9 is an opinion. We have Karim, it’s true that he’s not a kid, but he’s going to be with us next year. It’s not the time to think about next year, now we’re in La Liga, and the Champions League is coming back,” he said in quotes reported by Marca.

Has Tchouaméni’s performance level dropped?

“Up until the World Cup, he did very well, it was surprising. The World Cup has affected him in the sense that he is not in his peak condition. He had a fantastic World Cup. I don’t think it affects him playing alone or in a double pivot. His quality is coming back, like Valverde, Kroos…”

Kroos’ future

“I know what’s going to happen, but I’m not going to say because I’m not Kroos. He hasn’t told me, but the feeling I have is that he could extend his stay.”

Problems in defence

“In attack, we are doing very well and in defence we have to improve. We had three clean sheets, but then we had three errors and that’s where we need to improve.”

Benzema’s renewal

“I don’t know if he has renewed or not, but the legends of this club have to stay at Real Madrid.”

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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