Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has offered his backing to Sergio Ramos to earn a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.
The Italian manager failed to reunite with Ramos upon taking charge at Santiago Bernabeu last year as the Spaniard joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
An injury-curtailed debut season in Ligue 1 kept him out of the national team, but his return to form this term has opened the possibility of a comeback to Luis Enrique’s squad.
The 36-year-old has become a key cog in PSG’s defence this term, helping the French giants maintain an unbeaten run in all competitions.
However, Ancelotti believes that Spain’s record appearance holder is still a top centre-back and should play in the World Cup.
Speaking after the 5-1 victory against Celtic in the Champions League, the Italian gaffer told Madrid’s official website: “Sergio Ramos has got a lot of experience and quality.
“He’s in good shape physically and has to go to the World Cup for me. He’s still one of the best centre-backs in the world.”
Ramos recently said that he has few years left in his prime and hasn’t lost hope of making it to the World Cup squad.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has also reportedly been included in the provisional squad, but Enrique will not take him to Qatar.
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