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Ancelotti hints on reuniting with James Rodriguez

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Carlo Ancelotti has dropped a massive hint on the possibility of working with Colombian star James Rodriguez after disclosing there are ongoing talks with the player.

The Partenopei lost their first pre-season friendly, falling 2-1 to Pippo Inzaghi’s Serie B outfit Benevento.

However, Carletto gave his verdict on the clash and went on to confirm the club is working hard to wrap up the signing of Madrid star Rodriguez currently on loan at Bayern.

“I wasn’t expecting much, because we’re doing so much preventative fitness work preparing for the season ahead,” the Coach told TV Luna via Football Italia.

“The players are also slowly arriving, so we don’t have the complete squad available yet. We missed a few too many scoring opportunities today, something we did a lot last term.”

Ancelotti was asked about the on-going negotiations for Real Madrid creative midfielder James Rodriguez and interest in Inter outcast Mauro Icardi.

“James can play in many positions behind the centre-forward. He is a Number 10 accustomed to playing behind the striker or as a winger, with the tendency to cut inside.

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: James Rodriguez (R) of Real Madrid CF laughs ahead his head coach Carlo Ancelotti (L) during the training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at Valdebebas training ground on November 3, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

“I sent him a happy birthday message this week. There are negotiations in progress, it’s going to take a very long time, but we aren’t desperate or anything. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll still be a strong team and might go for a different target.

“As for the striker, a modern centre-forward can’t just be a finisher now, which is why Arkadiusz Milik is very important for us.”