Madrid Press: Ancelotti told to reduce playing staff

Madrid Press: Ancelotti told to reduce playing staff


Much of the focus is on the Confederations Cup final tomorrow night between Brazil and Spain at the iconic Maracana Stadium, but the two Madrid dailies both have plenty of coverage about Los Blancos.

AS claims new boss Carlo Ancelotti has been told to reduce the number of players in the squad. Although Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho have already departed, Real have signed Daniel Carvajal, Isco, Casemiro, and promoted Jese to the first team squad.

The leaves the total at 27 – without deals for other players such as Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez being completed. There paper says the Italian boss will sanction the departure of at least four players. The list of those with a cloud over their future at the Santiago Bernabeu includes Kaká, Coentrao, Higuaín, Callejón, Di María, Adán y Jesús Fernández.

Marca and AS both carry more quotes from Iker Casillas about his experience on the sidelines last season. The Real Madrid legend claimed at one point he thought of leaving the club such was his frustration at being left out in the cold.

As ever, there is some transfer talk in both papers with Geoffrey Kondogbia being linked with a move to the Spanish capital. The French midfielder currently players for La Liga outfit Sevilla.