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Carlo Ancelotti has said that the possibility of acquiring Kylian Mbappe is not being discussed in the Real Madrid dressing room, and that his “squad full of stars” is capable of competing for championships without any further additions.
Despite his inability to renew a contract that has reached its last year, Mbappe has been a long-term goal for Real Madrid. However, despite his failure to extend a contract that has entered its final year, Paris Saint-Germain have said that the France international would not depart.
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Madrid has only signed David Alaba on a free transfer this summer, despite generating money after Raphael Varane joined Manchester United and Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal.
“I don’t know,” Ancelotti said at a press conference when asked whether Mbappe’s arrival was a genuine possibility. What happens in the next 10 days [before the transfer window shuts] doesn’t really matter to me since I have a very solid, powerful team. I’m looking forward to teaching them, and I’m concentrating on that.
“Obviously, you don’t speak about the transfer market in the dressing room,” he said. “You only discuss the games we’ll be playing. We discuss how to prepare for the games and how to create a positive environment in the locker room as a group. That is what we have right now.”
When Kylian Mbappe’s contract at PSG expires next summer, he has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid. Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images photo
Madrid finished second in LaLiga last season, two points behind champions Atletico Madrid, and were knocked out of the Champions League quarterfinals by eventual winners Chelsea under former coach Zinedine Zidane.
“This team, in its current form, is capable of competing for anything,” Ancelotti said. “We have a lot of great names here; I won’t list them all, but there are a lot of good players: [Thibaut] Courtois, [Dani] Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Karim [Benzema], [Gareth] Bale, [Eden] Hazard, and I’m sure I’ll miss others.”
“This team is loaded with superstars. Those celebrities must collaborate… A single star is exactly that: a single star. A celebrity who can work for others is a star who gets rewarded with prizes.”
Ancelotti was also forced to shut out Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Real Madrid earlier this week, after rumours in Spain that the two had discussed a transfer.
Ancelotti said, “The topic is done.” “Following the rumors, I wanted to emphasize that the club’s future vision is the same as mine. We are looking forward to it. Having said that, Cristiano Ronaldo is loved by everyone at Real Madrid, including myself since he has helped me win many championships.”
Luka Modric, who will miss the Levante game due to a groin issue, may return for next weekend’s encounter against Real Betis, according to Ancelotti, while Toni Kroos is anticipated to return from injury after the international break.
Meanwhile, he said that winger Marco Asensio will be used in an unfamiliar midfield position.