While denying whether the club could still attract Killian Mbabane from PSG, Carlo Ancelotti insisted there were plenty of young talents at Real Madrid on Friday.
With next year’s French World Cup winners Embape out of the deal, Real are believed to be ready to bounce back if the striker decides that a partnership between Lionel Messi and Neymar is not a challenge.
But Ancelotti prefers to improve on what he says is a very interesting crop of incoming players as he begins his second spell charge at the Bernabeu after leaving Everton.
“I’m sorry, I can’t talk about it,” Ancelotti said, when unavoidable questions were asked about the possibility of Mbabane landing.
“I don’t like to talk about players who aren’t here” – although he observed that in no case does the transfer window close until the end of the month.
“But I love this squad – it’s a good combination of veterans and young people who are really ready for it, very passionate and very interesting.
“All of this could be important in the future, but also in the present,” said Ancelotti, who won the 2014 Champions League in his first spell charge at Real, along with Wales veteran Gareth Bale’s debut season.
Bell has returned to Spain after a season loan at Tottenham, but Ancelotti said there was no reason he could not rediscover his first spell.
“He’s a great player who hasn’t done very well lately but I rated him very well and he’s training well.
“There will be a pitch judge, though, not a coach,” Ancelotti insisted, adding that the level of competition in the squad would help move all of his players forward.
Returning to his young rising stars, Ancelotti said he was in regular contact with former striker Rawls, who now coaches Real’s reserve team La Castilla.
“Young people will be ready – they are ready. We will need them.”
But he said he was happy to see the experienced faces, the experienced Croatian playmaker Luka Modric as well as the French striker Karim Benzema.
Following in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane – his former assistant in the former spell – Insulti resigned briefly following the transfer of Lionel Messi from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, where the Italian also spent two years in charge but the European glory I failed to land. Now this is the clear goal of PSG.
“It surprised me, of course. Messi has played for Barcelona since he was a child. But I have spent 42 years in the world of football.
“Barca are still Barca, one of the best teams in the world with or without Messi. It doesn’t change anything for us – we have to win.”
Asked if Real could beat PSG’s choice with European glory, he would simply say: “It’s not impossible – Real have a very good team, they have been with any club in the world since Monday. Can go up to Monday.
“I’m sure if we give it 100 per cent we can compete against another team, no doubt about it.”