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Carlo Ancelotti: "Illarramendi is still the first choice for the Champions League Final"

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Ancelotti finally showed some trust on Asier Illarramendi, but he also said that he considers Khedira an option. Furthermore, he announced Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Espanyol.

Denis Doyle

After a couple difficult months for Asier Illarramendi, Carlo Ancelotti finally praised him and showed his trust on the Basque midfielder.

Asier can play every game. He has that quality, so he's still our first choice for the Final becauce we signed him to replace Xabi Alonso. We're happy with him. He's ready to play in a final.

Cristiano Ronaldo will also play tomorrow to try to win the Golden Boot. All he needs is one goal.

He's fine and he will play. This has been a good week because we've recovered most of our injured players.

He also had something to say about the rumors that link him to AC Milan.

My future is clear. I'm staying.

Ancelotti said that he's going to make a video for the players to watch before the Final.

I will have the players watch videos showing what they have done so far before the final. It will be very special for them.