Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has laughed off reports of his club’s interest in Real Madrid midfielder Isco with an x-rated response.
Recent reports have claimed that Ancelotti is keen on raiding his former club for a second star in a matter of months. Indeed, James Rodriguez moved from Los Blancos to Goodison Park in September.
Isco is supposedly one player who could follow the Colombian out of the door; while he has played in six of nine LaLiga games this term, he is yet to complete 90 minutes.
What’s more, one Spanish source caught him lambasting head coach Zinedine Zidane for his recent game time earlier in the season.
According to Ancelotti, however, Everton have not even begun to consider their options for the January transfer window.
“It is not true that I am behind Isco,” the Italian told DIRECTV SportCo. “We haven’t started thinking about the team for the January market.
“So those comments are, as they say here, bull**** (laughs).”
Ancelotti was speaking on the rumours for the second time, after previously dismissing reports of his interest.
He told reporters at a press conference earlier this month: “Isco is a fantastic player and [I have] a fantastic memory of him but now I am not, honestly, focused there.
“I am focused on an important week we are going to have to recover players and to be well prepared for the game against [Manchester] United.”
Nevertheless, more recent reports have claimed that Madrid remain keen to sell Isco. Indeed, Los Blancos are reportedly waiting for former admirers Arsenal to renew their interest and create a bidding war.
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Meanwhile, Juventus star Sami Khedira has said that he would love to work with Ancelotti if the chance arose.
Khedira is likely to leave Turin in the coming months and has said that he wants to fulfil a dream of playing in the Premier League.
As such, he named Ancelotti and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho as two top coaches he could join up with.