Carlo Ancelotti has distanced reports linking Everton with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, though admits he ‘would love’ to work with Sami Khedira again.
Reports in Spain have linked Everton with a move for Isco in recent weeks with the Spain international having struggled to command an automatic starting place at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid said to be open to his departure as they seek to slash costs following a salary cap placed on sides by La Liga.
The situation has seen Isco linked strongly with an exit and a potential reunion with former Real manager Ancelotti on Merseyside, though the Italian has moved to dismiss the speculation and has described the links as a media ‘rumour’.
“Isco is a rumour from the media,” Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference. “It did not go out from our side.
“We are not talking about the market in this period. We are talking about the problems we have now.
“Isco was my player at Real Madrid. A fantastic player but he is a Real Madrid player.”
Ancelotti did suggest that he would be keen on another of his former Real Madrid players in Khedira, however, the midfielder having talked up the prospect of moving to the Premier League after finding himself surplus to requirements at Juventus.
The former Germany international name-checked Ancelotti when discussing a possible venture into English football, and the Everton boss admits the respect is mutual when responding to the World Cup winner’s comments.
“I have a good memory of Sami Khedira. He was with me at Real Madrid,” he added.
“He is a fantastic professional. I would love to work with him again but he is not the only. To come here to Everton is another thing.”