Sunday July 27 2014
Ancelotti: Madrid don’t need a striker

Carlo Ancelotti has said Real Madrid don’t need to sign another striker this summer despite the departure of Alvaro Morata.

Los Blancos have been linked with a number of centre-forwards but speaking after his side lost on penalties in a pre-season tournament game with Inter, Ancelotti said he feels his squad is strong enough in attack.

“I think in this team I have Karim Benzema, who is very reliable, and I can use other players there,” Marca reports the Coach as saying.

“Isco may be a false 9. It’s not important to have a striker that scores that many goals but a player who passes to Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.

“We won’t look for another striker because we don’t need one.”

James Rodriguez has been signed from Monaco for the new season and Ancelotti welcomed the Colombian’s arrival, hinting he is expecting big things from James in the long-term.

“He’ll join the team on August 1. He has the quality to play on our team,” Ancelotti continued.

“He’s a young player and also represents an investment in the future.”

Ancelotti was also asked about the future of Angel Di Maria, who has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

He replied that there was nothing to say about the Argentina international except he’ll re-join the team early next month.

“There’s no news about a transfer. Di Maria has finished the World Cup, is resting on holiday and will be back on August 5,” Ancelotti added.

Ancelotti also reflected on Gareth Bale’s pre-season and the friendly performances of the young players on the fringes of the Madrid squad.

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