Real Madrid have ruled out signing French superstar Kylian Mbappe before the transfer window closes, despite the Paris St Germain forward continuing to be strongly linked with the Spanish giants.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Thursday as the Paris St Germain forward continues to be linked with the LaLiga club.
Ancelotti said that Real are unlikely to do any more transfer business in the current window which closes on Sept. 1.
When asked about Mbappe, he told reporters: “No, I rule it out 100 per cent.
“Our squad is closed and our players are thinking about our season.”
The transfer window remains open in Saudi Arabia beyond September 1, which means clubs from the big-spending Gulf nation could still poach Europe’s best players but Ancelotti insisted he was not concerned.
“Someone may change their mind, but I am not afraid of that,” he added ahead of Real’s LaLiga game at Celta Vigo on Friday.
Midfielder Luka Modric did not start Real Madrid’s first two league games, leading to speculation that the Croatian is unhappy with the situation, something which Ancelotti denied.
Ancelotti, though, insisted the 37-year-old playmaker “has no problem, he will contribute”.
“It’s a special situation for everybody, for him it’s strange not to play from the first minute but he will contribute as always,” the coach said.
Ancelotti also said new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has joined on loan from English Premier League side Chelsea, will make his debut in goal in Madrid’s first home league game of the season.