Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Real Madrid could be a blow for Manchester United in their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Italian sealed a sensational return to the La Liga giants as he abruptly left Everton on Tuesday to be named Zinedine Zidane’s successor.
And before he was barely in the Bernabeu front door he was quizzed about a potential reunion with Ronaldo whose future is up in the air at Juventus.
The 36-year-old is expected to leave Turin this summer with his former employers Manchester United and Madrid frontrunners for his signature.
United had appeared to have the edge over the Spanish side as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronaldo’s former teammate, still keeps in touch with him.
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It isn’t a given Ronaldo would be welcomed back to Madrid with open arms, but Ancelotti’s appointment could well change that.
The pair have a great relationship with Ronaldo scoring 112 goals in 110 games during the Italian’s first time in charge at the club.
Ancelotti refused to speak about a potential move for the Portugal captain following his arrival at Madrid, but admitted that he still has a lot of admiration for him.
He said: “I have got a great relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, I love him… but it’s not correct to talk about Cristiano as he’s under contract with Juventus”.
Eden Hazard’s future is also up in the air after struggling since his move from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.
Gareth Bale is another name who could leave the club following his loan spell from Tottenham.
But Ancelotti insists both players are a part of Madrid’s plans going forward.
He added: “Eden Hazard? He’s a top player, he’ll show his skills. Hazard and Gareth Bale can be so important for us”.
A return to Stamford Bridge has been talked about for Hazard, but the Belgian has ruled out that possibility as he insists he is determined to ‘prove himself’ at Real Madrid next season.
He said: “I still have a three-year contract with Real Madrid, so going back to England is out of the question.
“Everyone knows that my first two years were not good, so first I want to prove myself at Real Madrid. I will do everything to do that.
“I certainly don’t see myself leaving Madrid, given the contract situation.
“I know myself and I know when I’m in shape. If that’s the case, I can give it my all for Real next season. That’s my plan.”