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Carlo Ancelotti set for new Real Madrid deal

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Ancelotti's team are currently enjoying a 21 game winning streak. Credit: PA

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a contract extension this summer, according to club president Florentino Perez.

The Italian tactician's current deal expires in June 2016 and Real have indicated they want Ancelotti to continue in charge.

"We will be delighted to renew Ancelotti's contract," Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. "I'm sure there will be no problem with Ancelotti's renewal, but this will be negotiated at the end of the season.

"We only speak about renewing contracts at the start or at the end of the season."

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Real Madrid coast into Club World Cup final

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco. Credit: PA

Real Madrid eased into the final of the Club World Cup after a 4-0 win over Cruz Azul at the Le Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

Goals came from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema in the first half before Gareth Bale and Isco added to their tally in the second.

Real will face the winner of San Lorenzo versus Auckland City FC.

Real Madrid enjoy team Christmas lunch

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Cristiano Ronaldo demanded a two-in-one mirror and plate. Credit: PA
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Carlo Ancelotti has never managed to stop his eyebrow arching. Credit: PA

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Marco Reus taking Spanish lessons: for Barcelona or Real Madrid move?

German newspaper Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus is taking Spanish lessons. Herr Reus is diligently preparing for a lucrative move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. But which of the two giants will win his signature?

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Reus: heading to the Primera Liga. Credit: PA

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Real Madrid still have Lucas Silva in their sights

Real Madrid have not ruled out making a bid for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva in the winter transfer market, according to boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Brazil Under-21 star has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent months.

With Croatian midfielder Luka Modric sidelined until February with a thigh injury and Sami Khedira's future at the club uncertain, the European champions are keen to reinforce their midfield in January.

"We have to wait for the Christmas period, when everything will be much clearer," Ancelotti told www.realmadrid.com. "Then we'll make a decision.

"We are interested in Lucas Silva, but also in other players.

"After the Club World Cup we'll make a decision by evaluating the situations of the midfielders who are injured at the moment."

Ronaldo bags 23rd Liga hat-trick

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Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-breaking 23rd Primera Division hat-trick as Real Madrid equalled the Spanish record of 18 successive victories by beating Celta Vigo 3-0 on a memorable night at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a controversially awarded penalty that he won himself in the 36th minute before netting twice more in the second half as he moved onto 200 La Liga goals for Madrid - having only joined the Spanish giants in 2009.

The Portugal superstar's treble saw him go clear of Telmo Zarra and Alfredo di Stefano for the most Primera Division hat-tricks, while also taking him to 23 goals in just 14 league games this season.

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