Vidal won't ditch Juve for inferior Madrid – Marotta

The director insists no players will be leaving the Serie A champions to join the Spanish side, saying it would be a step down for any of the Bianconeri stars

Giuseppe Marotta says there is no way Arturo Vidal will leave Juventus this summer to join Real Madrid because the Spanish side are not as good as the Italian champions.

Juve beat Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-finals to set up a final clash with Barcelona in Berlin on June 6.

After wrapping up a fourth consecutive Serie A title and winning the Coppa Italia, the Bianconeri will be looking to secure a treble when they take on Luis Enrique’s men.

And Marotta does not believe any of his side’s star players would leave Turin in order to join a Madrid side who failed to win any major silverware this term other than the Club World Cup.

He told Tuttosport : “No, Vidal or any player will not go to Real Madrid, because Juventus is stronger.”

Madrid have been heavily linked with the Chilean midfielder and star player Paul Pogba over the last year.

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Ronaldo's been Madrid's best player – Ancelotti

The Italian refused to be critical of the forward following the club’s poor end to the campaign and also gave his opinion on Paul Pogba

Cristiano Ronaldo has done more than any other player for Real Madrid this season, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the third time in January after a sensational 2014, but suffered a dip in form in the second half of the campaign as Madrid toiled domestically and in Europe.

The club will end the season trophyless, with some critics pointing the finger of blame at the 30-year-old, but Ancelotti says that would be most unfair.

“Ronaldo has reached a point where one does not know how many goals he scored,” he told reporters at Friday’s pre-match press conference. “I know I’ve lost the count.

“He has done the most for the team to win titles. Ronaldo cannot be asked more than he has done this year.”

In addition to being bombarded with questions about his future from journalists amid rumours he will be replaced by Rafa Benitez, Ancelotti was also asked about what Paul Pogba would add to Madrid if they bought him from Juventus in the upcoming transfer window.

“Pogba is a great player, he’s young and he’s going to have a great future,” the Italian added. “He would be good for Real Madrid because he would be good for all teams. He is one of the best young  players in Europe right now.”

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Ancelotti: I want to stay at Real Madrid

The Italian will discuss his future with the club after the final game of the season against Getafe, amid rumours Rafa Benitez could replace him

Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to stay at Real Madrid but says his future will be decided after their final match of the season against Getafe on Saturday.

The coach guided the club to European glory last season but will end this season trophyless, leading to reports Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will replace him in the summer.

Ancelotti says he still has work to do at Madrid, however, and believes he will be in charge this time next season.

“I still haven’t spoken to the club about my future and the club haven’t spoken to me,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday. “I’m still thinking I’m going to be the coach of Real Madrid until I’m told otherwise.

“After the game on Sunday or Monday, we’ll have a meeting and we’ll discuss my own future and the club’s future. The club have told me that at the end of the season we will meet.

“I know this is a tough moment for the club, they have to make a decision, but I haven’t seen any deterioration in relationship in the past two years with president Florentino Perez.

“If the club wants to change coach, I will accept that, it’s fine by me. If I go, I’ve had two great years. Hopefully I stay, though, I want to stay.

“My feeling is that I’ll be here next season. The club are evaluating things, that’s normal, but I want to stay here. I like it here. I like this club, I like my players, I like this city.”

Reports surfaced on Friday in Spain that Ancelotti could be kept by Madrid but that board members are adamant some of his staff are culled, but the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss does not think any sort of overhaul is needed.

“If I stay, only small things need to change, there doesn’t need to be an overhaul,” he added. “My philosophy and my style of work… I still believe in it.

“I arrived here as Real Madrid coach, bringing the staff I think are at the top level. I still think that. I have a lot of confidence in the people I brought with me. What I’ve achieved in my career I’ve achieved with the staff I have. I think they’re the best in the world.

“It’s like being on holiday all the time living in Madrid. It’s great here. I have no rush to leave and go on holiday but, once everything is decided with my future, I will go on holiday!”

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Ancelotti: My Real Madrid future will be decided after Getafe match

The Italian was in a positive mood despite strong rumours that he will be replaced by Rafa Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu

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Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to stay at Real Madrid but says his future will be decided after their final match of the season against Getafe on Saturday.

The coach guided the Blancos to European glory last season but, following a slump beneath Barcelona in la Liga and last week’s European semi-final exit, the club are believed to be considering replacing him with Rafa Benitez.

Despite being faced with a torrent of rumours that he will be forced out of the Santiago Bernabeu, Ancelotti is calm about his chances of being kept on as head coach at Real Madrid.

“I still haven’t spoken to the club about my future and the club haven’t spoken to me,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday. “I’m still thinking I’m going to be the coach of this club until I’m told otherwise.

“After the game on Sunday or Monday, we’ll have a meeting and we’ll discuss my own future and the club’s future. The club have told me that at the end of the season we will meet.”

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De Gea would be great for Madrid, says Buyo

The club’s former goalkeeper thinks the Manchester United man would be a good addition and gave his opinion on rumours Rafa Benitez could succeed Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid legend Paco Buyo believes Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea would be an excellent signing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The Spain international, 24, has been the standout player for United this season and has been mooted as Iker Casillas’ successor throughout 2014-15.

The Blancos have upped the transfer ante by issuing a now-or-never ultimatum to De Gea ahead of the transfer window re-opening in July and Buyo hopes his old club’s bid is successful.

“David is doing very well at Manchester United,” Buyo told reporters at a charity match to raise funds to fight cancer. “He is a goalkeeper who has great impact and he is likely to be Casillas’ replacement within the national team.

“If Madrid move to sign him and believe he is the right goalkeeper, I think it is a good choice.”

Madrid’s failure to win a trophy this season has led to rumours Ancelotti could be sacked and replaced by Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, with Buyo a big fan of the Spaniard.

“Benitez is a coach who is prestigious and has won many trophies,” he added. “He’s trained a lot of big clubs.”

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