Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti reveals why Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria was allowed to leave, the current situation of Liverpool target Isco and why Arsenal target Karim Benzema is important to his current Real Madrid set-up
In an extensive interview, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti left no stone unturned as he answered the questions put to him with full transparency, even including the reasons behind Angel di Maria's Real Madrid exit.
The 26-year-old Argentinian international was considered one of Real Madrid's better players last season but was allowed to leave in a shock transfer to Manchester United. The £59.7 million transfer fee broke the British transfer record and brought Di Maria's four-year stay in Madrid to an end.
Lifting the lid on what went on behind the scenes at Real, Ancelotti blasted the player for wanting too much money, stating: ''Di Maria? I was in agreement with the club. There are times when the club needs to say no. You can't change the policies of the club for one player.
''Di Maria asked for a lot of money and preferred to go out and find it. The club couldn't give him the money he wanted. They say that I'm the manager of the club; of course, I coach for the club, not for the players.''
The full circumstances behind Di Maria's move to United is difficult to interpret. Real Madrid were handsomely compensated for the midfielder and Di Maria transferred to the club that offered the best deal for his services. A fairly common, if unspectacular, process of a player transfer. Also, Real Madrid, despite Ancelotti's claims on club policy, are not known for their shrewd financial activity.
The former Chelsea boss also commented on the current situation of Arsenal and Liverpool targets, Isco and Benzema.
Isco was praised by Ancelotti, who appreciated his need for game time, but stated that the 22-year-old needs to understand he is at Real Madrid.
'He [Isco] deserves to play every game,'' said Ancelotti. ''Just for the quality and professionalism he has.
'But he needs to understand that he is at Madrid.'
However, on Benzema, he clearly has no plans of letting him move to the Premier League any time soon with comments on his importance to the side.
'When one speaks of a centre-forward, they think of a Crespo and Inzaghi type; Benzema is different and he is important to our game. He is a striker who can delay his runs and has the quality to control and pass.'
So, it seems likely that the recent report Arsenal are still in the race for Benzema is wide of the mark. Real Madrid, or at least Ancelotti, will be reluctant to see the back of a player he deems important, especially when there is no need for his exit.