From Real Madrid idol to troublemaker, this player is a problem for Ancelotti

Spanish press reports on Sunday that Brazilian Carlos Henrique Casemiro has become a headache for the coach as he refuses to be a substitute for Real Madrid's younger midfielders.

Ancelotti has decisions to make in Real Madrid's squad.
Ancelotti has decisions to make in Real Madrid's squad.

Real Madrid's 2022 preseason has not been easy for Carlo Ancelotti. Not only has he had to deal with negative results, such as a defeat in ‘El Clásico’ against Barcelona, he has also been forced to deal with internal problems arising in the dressing room. According to the Catalan daily El Nacional, the Italian coach has a dilemma with Casemiro, a player who just a few months ago was an undisputed starter, but who today sees his position threatened by the arrival of Aurélien Tchouaméni, Florentino Pérez's star signing in the current summer transfer market.

According to the source, the Brazilian midfielder does not want to even hear about the possibility of being a substitute after the arrival of the young French midfielder. He is 30 years old and considers that he still has a lot to give as Real Madrid's undisputed starter in the midfield.

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While acknowledging that he was not up to the job in certain stretches of last season, Casemiro believes he should remain as Ancelotti's permanent choice. He refuses to alternate the starting lineup with Aurélien Tchouaméni or Eduardo Camavinga, who in 2021-22 showed promising talent.

According to El Nacional, Real Madrid's leadership believes that an 80 million euro signing like Tchouaméni cannot be a substitute. The Frenchman is called to be the defensive midfielder of the future, even if it costs the departure of the Brazilian from Valdebebas in the short term.

Change of scenario for Casemiro

"Casemiro does not want to see himself on the bench, so he does not rule out leaving if he is not assured the starting role that he had until now. Because in just one year, the Brazilian has gone from being Zidane's key player to being questioned, a change of role that he does not understand, as he finished the season at a great level", published the Catalan newspaper.

Wilian Estrella

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