Carlo: ‘Bale? Right now I’d say no’

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that right now he does not see Gareth Bale coming to the club.

In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, the Italian tactician also spoke about the history of Madrid, his squad, Cristiano Ronaldo, President Florentino Perez and his assistant Zinedine Zidane.

Asked if Bale would be signing shortly, however, Ancelotti was non-committal.

“Right now I’d say no, there is nothing new [to report]. We already know that when I spoke about Bale then Villas-Boas complained. It’s a sensitive subject,” he asserted, before commenting on the club’s history and the youngsters in his squad.

“It’s always been the same here, regardless of the players and coaches. It is a very organised club at which there is a special atmosphere.

“The impression you get of it from the outside is even more evident when you see it from within. As with Milan, you feel the charm of its history. It’s no coincidence that the two clubs are similar.

“Both try to play attacking football because they possess players of excellent quality.

“Take note of these names: Isco, Illarramendi, Carvajal, Casemiro, Morata, Jese and Cheryshev. I didn’t know about them until I began coaching here, but they all have the necessary quality to be with Real Madrid.

“They have brought their enthusiasm with them and in the first month have given the whole team a boost.”

Ancelotti was asked if he thought Cristiano Ronaldo would win his second Ballon D’Or this year and his impressions of club President Florentino Perez.

“Cristiano’s good fortune will also mean good fortune for Real Madrid. He is someone who has great motivation and he’ll have a fantastic season.

“After a difficult campaign like the last one the whole team is focused and dedicated, Cristiano even more so, while the climate here lends itself to the European Cup, which is the primary motivation for every Madridista.

“As for the President, he is Real Madrid’s biggest fan. He’s in love with Madrid like Berlusconi is with Milan. His commitment and dedication to the club is total.”

Finally, the former Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss gave his verdict on new assistant Zinedine Zidane.

“He is competent and has a lot of charisma, especially for the younger players who have got to know him. He has a great relationship with them.

“He can be a Coach [in his own right] of course, but he needs to have experience because it doesn’t just involve taking training.”

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