The surprising Ancelotti comments on Real Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup, the team that wanted their spot

Carlo Ancelotti made some shocking comments about the FIFA Club World Cup and Real Madrid that needed clarification.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Carlo Ancelotti looks serious while wearing the Real Madrid jacket and the Real Madrid badge is next to him.
Carlo Ancelotti looks serious while wearing the Real Madrid jacket and the Real Madrid badge is next to him.
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The manager of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, had an interview with Il Giornale, and he was asked about the plans for the FIFA Club World Cup next year in the United States. It will be a 32-team tournament that includes many clubs from the six confederations. Ancelotti shocked many when he said, “Real Madrid will not go to the FIFA World Club; we will reject the invitation like other clubs. Just one single Real Madrid match is worth $21.4 million, and they want to give us that money for the whole competition… no way. Negative.” After the words became public, Relevo reported that FIFA could decide to replace Real Madrid in the Club World Cup. If the priority becomes selecting a team from La Liga, it could be FC Barcelona. That could earn Barça more than $50m as a participating club. FC Barcelona fans were excited since they couldn’t qualify for the tournament and would want the prize money, but before they got excited, Ancelotti and Real Madrid clarified things.

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Real Madrid released an official statement in regards to the FIFA Club World Cup and stated that they will be playing in the tournament next year. It read, “Real Madrid C. F. would like to announce that at no time has there been any question regarding our participation in the new Club World Cup to be organised by FIFA in the coming 2024/2025 season. Our club will therefore take part, as planned, in this official competition...”

Ancelotti himself spoke out about his interview being taken out of context and said, “In my interview with Il Giornale, my words about the FIFA Club World Cup have not been interpreted in the way I intended. Nothing could be further from my interest than rejecting the possibility of playing a tournament that I think can be a great opportunity to continue fighting for great titles with Real Madrid.”

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The European clubs that qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup next year

UEFA was awarded the most slots out of any confederation in the FIFA Club World Cup, as 12 European clubs will play in it. The team qualified as the last four Champions League winners and the best-ranked UEFA team over a four-year time frame. The teams that will play are Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG, Inter Milan, FC Porto, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and Red Bull Salzburg.

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