Ancelotti: "I Want Higuain to Stay With Us"

Charlie Crowhurst

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press following Real Madrid's 6-0 win against Bournemouth. The following is Managing Madrid's Spanish to English translation of the transcription featured in As.

Q: We have seen an attacking team. Are you satisfied?

A: It was good, we tried to play a good game. We made some nice plays and others not so much, but it's the first match and I am happy. We need to improve and this is normal because we've only had one week of training.

Q: How important is Cristiano Ronaldo to your plans?

A: He is the most important player on this team, the one with the most qualities. Everyone knows him.

Q: Ozil and Isco together: is this a plan or an experiment?

A: It's an experiment, but they are two quality players who I believe can play together. It's important to find an offensive and defensive balance and work together with the ball and without the ball. Finding this balance is the most difficult thing, but we need it.

Q: What's going on with Higuain? How did you gauge him?

A: He is a very important striker for us, a Real Madrid player. It was important that he scored a goal.

Q: Cristiano still has not renewed his contract and Manchester United are after him. Does this worry you?

A: There's no discussion about this. Cristiano's future lies here. He is the best player on the team.

Q: Do you need to make more signings?

A: We have players with personality and quality. I am happy to be managing them. We do not need to sign more players.

Q: Have you spoken with Higuain?

A: I spoke with Higuain this week and like I said, he is one of our players. Until there are other updates he remains a Real Madrid player and I want him to stay with us.

Q: Was it important to start off winning with such confidence?

A: The most important thing is that we have done our jobs well. It's normal that players like Cristiano and Ozil will play well, but our youngsters have shined. Carvajal showed personality in attack, Illara has been solid in his first game, Casemiro...all of them have given their maximum. For this week it's been very good. And that Cristiano scored is not news. He does it all the time.

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