Carlos Ancelotti Confirms Casemiro Wants To Leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says midfielder Casemiro wants a “new challenge” and to leave the club as Manchester United close in on a deal worth up to 70m euros (£59.2m).

Talks have progressed quickly and United are optimistic the deal for the Brazil international, 30, will be completed in the next few days.

Casemiro trained with Real on Friday.

“The negotiations are ongoing right now, he is still our player but his will is to leave,” said Ancelotti.

“I have spoken with him. Casemiro, for what he has done and the person he is, we must respect that desire.”

The Italian added: “Casemiro wants a new challenge and we understand his feeling, I do not think there is a way back.”

United manager Erik ten Hag refused to comment on Casemiro speculation at his news conference on Friday, saying: “I cannot tell anything.”

United’s deal for the player is for an initial 60m euros (£50.7m) plus 10m euros (£8.5m) in add-ons.

Casemiro, who has been with Real since 2013, winning three La Liga titles and five Champions Leagues, is not in the squad to face Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

United are bottom of the Premier League and host Liverpool on Monday.

Casemiro would become one of the United’s top earners if he completes the move and would sign a four-year contract with the option of an additional year.

After talks to sign Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot collapsed over the player’s demands, United have turned their attention to Casemiro as they look to address weaknesses in Erik ten Hag’s midfield.