Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Casemiro wants to part ways with Real Madrid and join Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.
The Italian coach explained that he understands Casemiro’s desire to change scenery, as the Brazilian midfielder has won as many as five Champions League trophies at Los Blancos.
“CASEMIRO HAS UNDERSTOOD VERY WELL WHAT REAL MADRID IS ALL ABOUT,” ANCELOTTI TOLD THE PRESS CONFERENCE.
“SOMETHING SIMILAR HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS COACH AT AC MILAN. YOU’RE DOING VERY WELL, BUT THERE COMES A TIME WHEN YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW.
“AND I FELT VERY WELL AT A CLUB THAT WAS LIKE A FAMILY. IT’S A PERSONAL THING AND I UNDERSTAND IT PERFECTLY.
“THE PLAYERS UNDERSTAND THAT. EVERYONE AT REAL MADRID HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HIM. WHEN CASEMIRO ASKS TO TRY A NEW CHALLENGE, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HIM, WE HAVE TO ACCEPT IT WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT AND AFFECTION.
“ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, WHEN YOU’RE WITH SUCH A KIND AND PROFESSIONAL PERSON FOR SO LONG, YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, BUT RESPECT PREVAILS.”
Ancelotti went on to stress that Real Madrid have many alternatives in midfield after signing Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco earlier in the summer.
“IF CASEMIRO LEAVES, WE HAVE SIX MIDFIELDERS,” ANCELOTTI NOTED.
“WITH CASEMIRO WE HAD SEVEN. I THINK SIX IS ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE WHOLE SEASON. THESE SIX ARE VERY, VERY GOOD.
“[TCHOUAMENI] IS STRONG IN THE AIR, HE HAS A GOOD SHOT, HE’S FORCEFUL, HE CAN GET INTO THE OPPOSITION’S BOX. IT’S CLEAR THAT I’M NOT GOING TO TELL HIM TO PLAY LIKE CASEMIRO. WE HAVE TO TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS SHOT.”
The Italian coach also revealed that he had only heard rumours about Manchester United’s interest up until Thursday, when he was informed that Casemiro could depart the club.
“I HEAR AND READ RUMOURS SOMETIMES, BUT SOMETIMES YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S GOING ON,” ANCELOTTI DECLARED.
“YESTERDAY I REALISED THAT IT COULD HAPPEN. REAL MADRID’S PLANS DON’T CHANGE. [WE WANT TO] FIGHT AND COMPETE IN ALL COMPETITIONS. I AM SURE WE WILL DO WELL WITH AND WITHOUT CASEMIRO, EVERYONE RECOGNISING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PLAYER AND THE AFFECTION WE HAVE FOR THE PERSON.”