Ancelotti comments a blow to Arsenal - Real Madrid's January plans revealed

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken about his club's January transfer plans.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have good reason to be a little downbeat today and it relates to comments from Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Arsenal have been widely connected with potential moves for key Real Madrid players ever since the close of the summer transfer window with Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria most significantly thought to be high up on Wenger’s shortlist.

However, if the Arsenal boss had hopes of making moves for either this month to strengthen his side’s Premier League title hopes then he’s just been dealt a huge blow by the Italian coach.

“I have nothing to add in that area. No players are leaving and we aren't going to sign anyone. The market is closed for us,” said the Italian when quizzed on transfer plans this month.

Either of the Real Madrid players that Arsenal have been connected with would have been solid signings.

Benzema would have been a world class addition and able support to Olivier Giroud in attack while Di Maria would have released either of Theo Walcott or Lukas Podolski to push forward into a centre forward role.

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Ancelotti’s comments are easy to understand and so is the logic behind the Spanish club shutting up shop for this month.

Real Madrid did some big business last summer with the arrival of Gareth Bale, the departure of Mesut Ozil and a restructured contract for star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Arsenal links with Benzema seemed to start when there was discontent between the player and Real Madrid fans, with the Frenchman not able to produce his best form straight away for Los Blancos.

However, with eight goals and five assists in 16 matches, he must be doing something right.

The links in relation to Di Maria appeared because of Bale’s arrival and the fact that the former Tottenham man naturally plays a similar position to the Argentinian in midfield.

Di Maria has made 15 appearances in the league alone, so his value and importance in Ancelotti’s mind is quite clear.

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