Italian tactician opens up on Ronaldo, Kaka, Higuain and more.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has held an open press conference, in which he discussed speculation surrounding the club’s transfer business.
The Italian tactician looked calm and relaxed as he spoke to the media, often breaking to make jokes in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Nevertheless, when discussing the club’s transfer business this summer, the former PSG coach was keen to clear up a few matters while also remaining respectful to his rivals.
The 54-year-old began with a message for former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, wishing the Spaniard well in his recovery, before lauded the impact Zinedine Zidane has had on the squad since his arrival.
However, reporters were keen to quickly move matters to transfer dealings, questioning Ancelotti on the futures of both Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He has great motivation. He has has started well and believes in himself. He’s an ambitious player and wants to do better than last season, we’ll see,” he said on the Brazilian star as quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s future has been in question given the lack of progress in negotiations over a contract renewal. However, Ancelotti remains calm over the situation and expects the Portuguese international to sort out his future.
“Ronaldo is a phenomenon, and his attitude is very positive for the younger players who can see how committed a player is of that level. His renewal is not my business but I think it will not be a problem.”
In addition, Ancelotti refused to discuss either Gareth Bale or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stating that it would be “disrespectful to discuss players from other teams”.
In contrast, a player linked with a summer exit from Madrid is striker Gonzalo Higuain. Ancelotti revealed that he had held a conversation with the Argentine but their words would remain private, although he did claim that he was “glad that he is here”.
Regardless, it is understood that Higuain is still being chased by both Arsenal and Napoli, and it is unlikely that he will start the new season in the Spanish capital.