Revealed: Chelsea's stance on Club World Cup participation after Real Madrid refusal

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Revealed: Chelsea's stance on Club World Cup participation after Real Madrid refusal

Carlo Ancelotti has stated that Real Madrid will reject an invitation to the expanded Club World Cup next year due to fixture congestion.

According to the BBC, Chelsea are still expected to participate in the competition to which they qualify due to their 2021 Champions League win.

The competition's new format, spearheaded by UEFA, will feature 32 teams and take place over four weeks in the US after the 2024/25 season.

Despite being a dominant force in the tournament, Ancelotti cited insufficient financial incentives from FIFA as the reason for Madrid's withdrawal.

AuthorGeorgy TzepkovskySourceBBC Sport
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