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Ancelotti: Suarez is a fantastic player

ESPN staff
June 10, 2014
Luis Suarez signed a new Liverpool contract in December © Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez but insisted he would be happy to retain his current attack for next season.

Ancelotti led Real to success in the Copa del Rey and Champions League in his debut season at the Bernabeu but reports in the Madrid media have claimed the club are determined to enhance their attack with the signing of Suarez.

The Italian, speaking at the presentation of his new website, expressed admiration for the Uruguay international but said he felt there was already sufficient quality at the club given the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez.

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"Luis Suarez is a fantastic player, high quality and very good, but to speak about other things [transfers] is to show a lack of respect," he said. "It is impossible to improve Real Madrid's attack because it has Cristiano, Benzema, Bale, Jese.

"The squad is very good and we are very competitive. If we can improve, which won't be easy, we will, but if we keep those we have I would be happy. This group has won two cups and will be very competitive next year."

He stressed that any signings would be made after the World Cup, adding: "We're in no rush and we don't need to bring in a lot of players. We have until August 31."

Ancelotti also stressed that Angel Di Maria and would stay at the club despite rumours linking him with a move over recent months.

"I think that Di Maria knows very well that everyone loves him," he said. "The coach, the club and the fans love him. I don't think he has any doubt about that."

Iker Casillas, who had recently been linked with Arsenal by the AS newspaper, served as a back-up to Diego Lopez for much of the season in La Liga but Ancelotti said he too would remain at the Bernabeu.

"The club has spoken to Casillas, who is very happy and is going to stay," Ancelotti said. "We'll have to wait and see what happens next season in goal."

One player who does appear likely to leave is Spain under-21 striker Alvaro Morata, who made only three starts in La Liga last season and has been linked with Arsenal, Juventus and Wolfsburg.

"He wants a chance to play more minutes and the club agrees," Ancelotti said. "They are looking for a good possibility so that he can play this year. If in the end he leaves, we will look for a forward with the same characteristics."

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