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Ancelotti addresses concerns over Boateng, Sanches

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Carlo Ancelotti wasted no time in defusing tension and reassuring the public.

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Head coach Carlo Ancelotti clarified questions concerning his relationship with Jerome Boateng and dismissed rumors about the imminent departure of Renato Sanches at a press conference earlier today.

Boateng was frustrated with Ancelotti after coming off the bench in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal semifinal defeat to Borussia Dortmund and had intended to speak with him about his standing in the club. Ancelotti confirmed that he and Boateng have indeed discussed the defender’s status at Bayern Munich, but he declined to give any details as to what was said.

Ancelotti emphasized, however, that Boateng will not leave the club this summer:

He is our player and will remain our player next season. [...] His standing in the team is good; there is no need to discuss it.

That statement rules out a transfer - Boateng is signed through 2021 - but falls short of an unequivocal declaration of Boateng’s status that the latter may have wished. Boateng’s role under Ancelotti thus will be a major point of interest next season, in addition to Ancelotti’s use of Thomas Müller, Kingsley Coman, Renato Sanches, and others.

Regarding Sanches, who was the subject of shocking but unsubstantiated rumors of an impending sale this summer, Ancelotti unequivocally denied any such plans:

He is here next season. He will play more often next season. We have to be patient. Naturally we expect more of him with his qualities, but it is not easy for a young player to adjust to a new country, a new style of play.

That business aside, Ancelotti expects “a festival” in Saturday’s game against Leipzig. He revealed, however, that, in addition to Sven Ulreich and Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels will also be unavailable: “He’s tired,” Ancelotti stated.