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Ancelotti: "I believe Cristiano Ronaldo is Di Stéfano's heir"

The Italian coach addressed the media after Jesé and Coentrao's return to the squad.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Gareth Bale will start Saturday's match against Rayo Vallecano, Ancelotti confirmed. When asked about who is going to be dropped to make room for the Welsh star, Ancelotti did not want to announce it just yet.

Someone will, obviously! But we are making rotations here, and this is very normal. Isco and James have played wonderful matches and it is possible that I will give one of them some rest.

In case you did not know, Jesé Rodríguez has made his return to the squad. Ancelotti spoke about his situation.

We are not in a hurry with him, he's in the final stage of his recovery process and we still need to be patient about it. Hopefully he should be ready to play next month.

Khedira will not be able to feature in this match.

Khedira is not available for the match against Rayo, but he's fine. He will play some minutes with Germany and then he will be back with us. It's important for him to play some minutes.

When asked about the 2014 FIFA Ballon D'Or, which will be awarded next January, Real Madrid's coach made a case for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Maybe a German could be in contention for the Ballon D'Or because of World Cup. I can't think of another challenger for Cristiano. I believe that Cristiano is Di Stéfano's heir, and that's a big compliment because everybody knows what Di Stéfano represents for this club. He deserves this.

Much has been said about Bale's return to the squad and how this will affect Real Madrid's system.

Bale knows he has to track back and run. I don't need to ask him that, since it's not a problem for him.

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