Real Madrid’s Casemiro set to join Man United – Carlo Ancelotti – ESPN

Real Madrid's Casemiro set to join Man United - Carlo Ancelotti - ESPN

casemir wants to join Manchester United, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, saying the midfielder wants a “new challenge” away from the Bernabeu.

ESPN reported on Thursday that the Brazil international midfielder — who has won five Champions Leagues and three LaLiga titles in nine years at Madrid — is considering a bid from United, with a decision imminent.

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Casemiro, 30, is expected to receive a big pay rise at United, who have been looking to strengthen their squad after losing the first two games of the Premier League season.

“I talked about it with [Casemiro] this morning,” Ancelotti said at a press conference on Friday ahead of Madrid’s LaLiga game at Celta Vigo. “He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity. The club and I understand it. Casemiro — with what he has done in this club, and with the person he is — we have to respect this desire that he has.

“There are negotiations now. Nothing is official, he is still a Real Madrid player, but he wants to leave. If he goes and reaches an agreement, we have the means to replace him.”

Ancelotti said he did not try to convince the player to change his mind.

“I just listened to him,” said the Italian coach. “Hearing his desire to leave, there is no going back… If the negotiations go well and an agreement is reached, we have to wish him well and look at what we have.

“It’s hard to talk now because we don’t know what will happen in the next hours, whether he stays or goes. But if he goes, we are very grateful to him.”

Real Madrid have already added a potential replacement to their squad this summer, signing a France international Aurelien Tchouameni for a fee of €80 million in June.

Ancelotti said the club would not be looking to bring in another midfielder if Casemiro completes his move to United.

“We have replacements within the squad,” he said. “We have many good players who can play in that position. Tchouameni is one of the best midfielders in the market right now. Then there is the possibility of Toni Krooswho can play in that position like he did in my second year here [the 2014-15 season]when we won 22 games in a row.

“We have [Eduardo] Camavinga, who played last year. We cannot replace Casemiro with a player with the same characteristics, but we have others with different characteristics… In mine [AC Milan] a team [Andrea] Pirlo played in that position and did well.”

“If Casemiro goes, we have six midfielders,” Ancelotti added. “[Luka] Modric, Kroos, Tchouameni, [Fede] Valverde, Camavinga and [Dani] Ceballos I think six is ​​enough to manage the whole season.”

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