Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out selling reported Manchester United target Gareth Bale by claiming he is fundamental to the Spanish club's future.
The Welsh international only joined Los Blancos 18 months ago and experienced a wonderful debut campaign, winning both the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
While his individual performances haven’t quite reached the high standards of last season, the former Spurs superstar continues to play a key role for the La Liga giants.
Nonetheless, the January window is renowned to throw up a number of extraordinary transfer rumours, and Bale has become the subject of a potential mammoth bid.
According to reports, the Red Devils are said to be willing to spend as much as £120 million to prise him away from the Spanish capital, a potential world record transfer fee.
Madrid boss Ancelotti, however, has laughed off the speculation and fired a warning at potential suitors, reminding them how highly rated Bale is at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He is fundamental for us, a legacy of Real Madrid. He isn’t moving,” the Italian was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
United boss Louis van Gaal last week decided not to rule out a potential move, suggesting that there could be some truth in the club’s reported interest.
The Old Trafford outfit, however, certainly aren’t short on attacking talent and if they are to do business during the transfer window then a top central defender looks a far more likely acquisition.