The Real Madrid coach has issued Valverde an ultimatum: score 10 goals this season or he’ll retire.
Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has joked he doesn’t want to be responsible for Carlo Ancelotti’s retirement.
The manager has set Valverde a 10-goal target for this season, and so far he’s on course to match or even surpass it. The Uruguayan’s strike in the 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday was his sixth goal across all competitions.
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“He has to have that responsibility. We have a bet. I think he will score more than ten this season,” Ancelotti told DAZN after the match.
“He’s a very important player for us. The energy he has is incredible. He has to score ten.”
Valverde added: “I’m focused on doing it. It’s a nice pressure. I don’t want to be to blame for the coach retiring.
Also on target was Karim Benzema, who had three goals disallowed by VAR for offside. Marco Asensio added a third in the 89th minute to seal a comfortable victory for Real Madrid.
The defending Spanish champions are six points above Barcelona, who play Villarreal on Thursday, in the league standings. Next up is a clash with Sevilla on Saturday.