Valverde: “How angry at the beginning with Ancelotti… Then I realized he was right”

After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, however Federico Valverde the holidays are already over. The midfielder will be involved with the Uruguay national team in the 2024 Copa América: “It’s something unique, I’m very proud to have achieved these goals together with my family and the people who have been close to me since I started playing football in child,” he explained El Pajarito in an interview given to AUF TV. Valverde admitted that “when you are at Real Madrid you arrive with the hope and dream of being able to achieve great things, of winning important titles. Those who have been at the club for years know that there is that hunger to always win, to always want more The fans make you feel that the most beautiful thing is the Champions League.”

The joker recalled the difficult times he went through before convincing Carlo Ancelotti of his qualities: “I learned to really appreciate the fact of playing everywhere just to play. When I started working with him, I was very angry: why should I change position? Then I learned to give value to the coach’s requests; if “The coach asks you to collaborate, you have to understand it and get the most out of it. Playing for Real Madrid is not easy, you have to resist and not let any opportunity slip away. Ancelotti was always available to help me and advise me, I really appreciated it.”

Kroos’ retirement: “My family respects him, we feel great affection towards him. He made us feel part of his journey and his results every day, especially when things weren’t going well: with just a few words he made me feel better. A player like this will be missed on and off the pitch.”