Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that there will be no more transfers at the Bernabeu this season.
Speaking to journalists on the eve of Madrid’s friendly clash against Fiorentina, the Italian boss seemed in a buoyant mood and replied ‘the transfer window is closed and will not open’ when pressed on any potential deals.
Heavily linked away
Reports have been rife today across the European press that Manchester United are preparing a £100 million package to lure Angel di Maria to Old Trafford.
Sami Khedira has also been linked with several clubs in England including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United over the summer months.
Both these players seemed as if they were on their way towards the exit door, especially as Real have spent upwards of £80 million on James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, and they both didn’t feature in the Super Cup.
The former Chelsea boss though, seemingly had other ideas about the transfer.
“They are Real Madrid players. I chose other players (to play the Super Cup win over Sevilla) as they only arrived on the August 5.”
Still a viable option?
Despite Ancelotti seeming confident that the players will remain where they are, a move for the Madrid duo will still be on the cards for Premier League clubs.
The expensive arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos will surely leave Di Maria wondering if he will play as much as he would like, and may leave Madrid needing to sell to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations.
A move for Sami Khedira will certainly still be something Premier League clubs would want to pursue, as he is seemingly surplus to requirements despite the confident words of Ancelotti.
When asked how he will fit Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Kroos into a midfield trio, there was no mention of the German midfielder's name, which may be a sign that his future will be on the Madrid bench.
“All three can play smoothly, we do not know when, but we will, because there are three midfielders with different characteristics and have no problem playing together," said the Italian manager.