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Ancelotti rules Real Madrid out of Romelu Lukaku race

The Real Madrid manager has enough options up front and is not pursuing the Chelsea striker.

Carlo Ancelotti has put an end to the speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Real Madrid manager insists his side does not need another striker, despite selling Alvaro Morata to Juventus.

Karim Benzema is currently the only established centre forward in Ancelotti's squad, but the Italian insists that he has other options up front.

"We will not look for another striker because we do not need one," Ancelotti said. "I think in this template I have Benzema, who is very reliable, and I can use other players there."

"Isco may be a false nine as it is not important to have a striker that scores many goals, but a player who plays passes to Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Gareth] Bale.

With Real Madrid out of the hunt, the door is open for Juventus and Everton to pursue the Belgian forward, who had an excellent campaign on loan with the Toffees last season.

  TeamPosAppsMinsTotal shotsShots on targetGoalsAssists
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 33 2,602 101 45 15 6

Despite his 15-goal haul for Everton, Lukaku does not appear to be in Jose Mourinho's plans for next season.

The Chelsea boss has already signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32 million, and Didier Drogba has rejoined the club on a one-year deal. Their arrivals have cleared the way for Lukaku to leave Stamford Bridge.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez appears confident of sealing Lukaku's signature. He was caught on video assuring a fan that the Toffees would complete the signing.

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