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Ancelotti suggests Pochettino not telling truth about Mbappe future

"Pochettino said Mbappe will 100 per cent stay? Sometimes coaches at a press conference cannot tell the whole truth," he said, laughing

25 April 2022, United Kingdom, Manchester: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti attends a press conference at the Etihad Stadium, ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Manchester City. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/dpa.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti attends a press conference at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/dpa.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti jokingly questioned whether his Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Mauricio Pochettino was telling the truth when the Argentine claimed Kylian Mbappe will "100 per cent" be in Paris next season.

Mbappe is out of contract at the Parc des Princes at the end of the campaign and has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid.

Ancelotti was asked at a media conference on Friday ahead of Los Blancos' La Liga clash with Espanyol what he made of Pochettino's comments a day prior.

"Pochettino said Mbappe will 100 per cent stay? Sometimes coaches at a press conference cannot tell the whole truth," he said, laughing.

"I think all the Madridistas are thinking about La Liga and the Champions League right now. Only about that."

Madrid could clinch the title when they host Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, needing just a point to win what will be the 35th La Liga triumph in the club's illustrious history.

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Ancelotti would not confirm if Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr will play any part, but did say he would not risk any player who needs a rest ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City.

"I think that Benzema and Vinicius can rest, but I am in favour of the fact that if they are well, they have to play," he said. 

"If someone needs rest, I will give it to them, but not because the game is easy. If there is a risk of injury, they rest."

Ancelotti suggests Pochettino not telling truth about Mbappe future
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