Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation about Gonzalo Higuain's future by revealing that the striker is not for sale, and the ex-PSG boss wants to keep the Argentine at the Bernabeu despite interest from Napoli and Arsenal.

There have been numerous reports over the last month or so claiming that Higuain is close to moving to England in order to join Arsene Wenger's side - even the player's brother and father admitted that a deal was close - but those reports were dismissed by Madrid's club president, after he revealed that there was never a formal bid from the Gunners.

Since then, it was believed that Seria A side Napoli had reached an agreement with the La Liga side for the 25-year-old striker - and it was thought that the Italian club, who are now managed by Rafael Benitez, had a £30m bid accepted by Madrid. But despite strong reports, Ancelotti has also dismissed those reports.

The Italian manager was in England yesterday for Madrid's pre-season friendly with Bournemouth, which ended 6-0 to the Spanish giants - and after the game, he admitted that no deal is close for Higuain and also revealed his intentions of keeping the forward after he scored with his first touch of the game.

"Not true, I don't have any news about this," he said at the press conference when asked to confirm whether a deal had been agreed with the Italian club. "I think that now we have to speak about Higuain as a Real Madrid player. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic striker who took one minute to score tonight.

"I spoke to him this week. He is a Real Madrid player and until we have news we have to consider him as a Real Madrid player and I would like him to stay with us.

"He is very important to us and nothing else - it is not my business to judge the price of a player."


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