Carlo Ancelotti claims Real Madrid will not accept FIFA invitation to 2025 Club World Cup despite qualifying

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said the Spanish giants will not accept an invitation to play in the 2025 Club World Cup and explained the reasons for the unofficial decision in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale. The 2025 edition of the Club World Cup will be the first to be expanded to a similar World Cup format, with 32 teams involved. The tournament will take place in June and July 2025 in the United States, with teams from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Europe.

Ancelotti said in the interview that Real Madrid will not participate together with other teams: “Players and clubs will not participate in that tournament. A single match of Real Madrid is worth twenty million euros, and FIFA wants us that amount for the entire match to give.” competition Negative. Like us, other clubs will refuse the invitation.”

29 of the 32 teams have already qualified for the competition and there are only three spots left. The tournament has attracted some criticism from leagues and players' unions due to the increased number of matches played for the upcoming 2024-2025 season. Teams, such as Real Madrid, qualified through a “championship route” by winning their continent's club competition. Others qualified through a “ranking process” based on previous performance in the non-domestic competitions.

There is also another issue regarding the contracts of the players involved in the tournament as some of them may need to be regulated. In European competitions, for example, contracts expire at the end of June, when the tournament is still taking place. FIFA have still not commented on how they intend to resolve the issue, but Ancelotti's statements are certainly another red flag to keep an eye on.

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