Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Vinicius Junior will continue to play in his favoured left-wing role regardless of who may join Real Madrid in the future, with Kylian Mbappe heavily linked.
Vinicius has been one of Madrid’s standout performers this season, recording 10 goals and five assists in just 18 appearances across all competitions so far – second only to Karim Benzema (15 and eight respectively) in both categories at the club.
Madrid were reportedly keen to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe in the transfer window, but a move never materialised, although the 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and continues to be touted as a target.
However, Ancelotti has reassured Vinicius of his place in the side no matter who may arrive in future transfer windows.
“Vinicius is a player who has to play on the left and he will continue to do it regardless of [what other players are at the club],” Ancelotti said ahead of Madrid’s LaLiga match against Sevilla on Sunday.
Ancelotti was asked about the club’s new stadium plans and any potential future changes to the squad, but refused to be drawn on specific players such as Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
“I like good players and they are both very good,” Ancelotti continued. “I have talked about the future of this club, which has always been very clear.
“The new stadium, the squad we have with many young people, a lot of quality, means that the future is going to be better.
“I imagine the new stadium with Ancelotti. I don’t want to mix names and hopefully, Carlo will be the coach of the new stadium.”
Madrid are one point clear at the top of LaLiga with a game in hand on Real Sociedad and face a tricky task on Sunday as they host third-placed Sevilla.
Los Blancos have not lost any of their last five games against Sevilla in LaLiga (W4 D1). Not since April 2003 have they gone six or more without a loss in this league fixture.
Indeed, Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 home games against the Rojiblancos in LaLiga (W11 D1), scoring an average of 3.25 goals per game across that run.