‘If Di Maria has a problem…’

Carlo Ancelotti has made clear that Angel di Maria ‘looks happy and calm’ at Real Madrid and that he does not want to see him leave in January.

Speculation is such that in light of a diminishing role in the first team, the 25-year-old is unhappy and looking to exit the Santiago Bernabeu in January.

“The news comes as a surprise because the player hasn’t spoken to me or the club,” Ancelotti has countered.

“He looks happy and calm. The door to my office is always open if he has a problem but I don’t think that’s the case now.

“It was over the summer. From a coaching perspective I agreed with Ozil’s transfer but it’s not the same with Di María because he’s a very important player for this club.”

Uncertainty also surrounds Xabi Alonso’s future with Los Blancos, as he has yet to sign a new contract.

“I’m not the negotiator. I spoke with him and I don’t need to talk to the president because we both want to renew him. We’re just waiting for Xabi’s decision and I’m optimistic.”

Ancelotti was taking questions ahead of Madrid’s closing Champions League group stage match set for Tuesday evening in Copenhagen.

“We face a good team playing on their home pitch. We’ll try to do well and win. They’ve had good results at home against Juventus and Galatasaray because they play as a team.

“This is their biggest strength. They play together and aggressively. It will certainly be a different match than we saw in Madrid.

“They want to qualify for the Europa League and it’s not an easy game for us. We want to finish well in the group and win on this pitch.

“Gareth Bale? He’s recovered from the small problem on Friday night. He’s totally recovered and trained and he’ll play tomorrow, as will Xabi Alonso. We’ll play the best team possible tomorrow.”

Madrid can welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo after three games on the sidelines and Ancelotti was asked if Madrid fared better in his absence than Barcelona have without Lionel Messi.

“I don’t like to compare what we do with what Barcelona does. The team has played really well without Cristiano Ronaldo because his absence has made everyone else more motivated.”

The Italian was also asked to assess how his future at Madrid seems right now.

“As I see it my future in Real Madrid is good. I feel really good right now.

“We had a few small issues early in the season but I have a good relationship with everyone and it’s easier to get good results with the players we have.”

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