Real Madrid DENY Boycott of Expanded Club World Cup After Ancelotti’s Comments

Real Madrid DENY Boycott of Expanded Club World Cup After Ancelotti's Comments
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Real Madrid has firm­ly denied that they will boy­cott next year’s expand­ed Club World Cup, fol­low­ing com­ments made by man­ag­er Car­lo Ancelot­ti that seemed to sug­gest the team would not par­tic­i­pate due to a pay dispute.

In an inter­view with Ital­ian pub­li­ca­tion Il Gior­nale, Ancelot­ti was quot­ed as say­ing that FIFA’s pro­posed com­pen­sa­tion for the tour­na­ment was not enough, and that Real Madrid, along with oth­er clubs, would decline the invi­ta­tion to play. 

How­ev­er, the Span­ish club has since released a state­ment cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly deny­ing these claims.

The state­ment reads: “Real Madrid CF announces that at no time has its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the new Club World Cup to be organ­ised by FIFA in the upcom­ing 2024/2025 sea­son been questioned. 

There­fore, our club will com­pete, as planned, in this offi­cial com­pe­ti­tion that we face with pride and with the utmost enthu­si­asm to make our mil­lions of fans around the world dream again with a new title.”

Ancelot­ti him­self has also tak­en to social media to clar­i­fy his com­ments, insist­ing that his words were “not inter­pret­ed in the way that I intend­ed” and that he con­sid­ers the Club World Cup “a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tin­ue fight­ing for big titles with Real Madrid.”

The expand­ed 32-team Club World Cup is set to take place in the Unit­ed States next sum­mer, with Madrid, Chelsea, and Man­ches­ter City among the 12 Euro­pean teams invit­ed to participate. 

The tour­na­ment has faced crit­i­cism from some league boss­es, who have threat­ened to boy­cott the event due to con­cerns over play­er wel­fare and the con­gest­ed fix­ture schedule.

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