Real Madrid: Ronaldo key to Ancelotti plans

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New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says that it will be an honour to coach Cristiano Ronaldo, amidst speculation of Portuguese player leaving the club.

Ancelotti led PSG to the French title last season but asked to leave the club in May after it emerged that Real had made an approach for his services.

The 54-year-old has signed a three-year-deal in Spain to replace Jose Mourinho who left the Spanish giants to become the Chelsea boss for a second time.

Ancelotti revealed his excitement about taking charge of Madrid at his press conference on Wednesday and he admitted he is relishing the challenge ahead, including coaching Ronaldo next season.

Speculation has been rife over Ronaldo’s future with rumours suggesting that the forward could still leave the club.

However, Ancelotti is adamant that Ronaldo is still going to be a key player next season and he can’t wait to get started with the club.

“My opinion is easy. Ronaldo’s a fantastic, marvellous player. It’s an honour to coach a player like Ronaldo like it was to coach Zidane,” he said.

“Ronaldo was not on the list of players like Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane and Ronaldinho that I coached. He will be on the list of players I coached now and I am so happy for that.”

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