Ancelotti cancels deal to switch Pirlo-Alonso

alonReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has cancelled the possibility of a player exchange deal involving Xabi Alonso and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

Both playmakers are almost at the brink of  completing their respective contracts and Alonso, 31, has been heavily connected with a move to the Serie A champions while Pirlo is thought to be keen on a reunion with former AC Milan boss Ancelotti.

However, the Madrid boss has now decided that he will not make a move for his 34-year-old compatriot and is ready to keep Alonso at Santiago Bernabeu.

“Xabi is a vital player for Madrid now that he’s recovered from injury. There are only two players like him in Europe. One is Pirlo and the other is Xabi,” Ancelotti told Mediaset.

“However, we have no intention of making a player exchange deal with Juventus. There is no substance to any rumour like that.

“I am still in touch with Andrea because I have a good relation with him. I was pleased to see the Madrid fans give him a warm welcome when we met.”

Pirlo has been with Juventus since the summer of 2011 was inspirational in their successive Scudetto triumphs, but has seen his first-team place come under increasing threat from Paul Pogba this season.

Adeyemi Adesanya

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