While he is keen on a reunion with James Rodriguez, the Napoli manager is aware that the process will require him to be patient.
James Rodriguez has been hotly linked with a move to Napoli this summer. The Colombia international is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. And after a two year loan stint at Bayern Munich, the former Monaco man is set to leave for a new club.
While the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have been touted, James Rodriguez is reportedly keen on playing under Ancelotti. The duo enjoyed an excellent relationship during their time at Madrid and Munich.
However, as things stand, both Napoli and Madrid haven’t been able to agree a deal for the talented forward.
And while speaking to Calcio Mercato, Ancelotti gave a measured response when asked about James Rodriguez.
“If James arrives, what role will he have? If he arrives I don’t know. We hope so. I know him very well, he can play in all the midfield positions. At Real, I used him as a left midfielder, as a midfielder, or even on the right. Positioning is not a problem, he is adaptable, he plays in many positions.
“The important thing is that he puts the blue jersey on, the number on the back does not count. It takes, however, time and patience.”
And while James Rodriguez is still likely to sign for the Neapolitan giants, the same cannot be said about Mauro Icardi. The Argentine international is nearing an exit from Inter Milan and has been offered to many clubs recently.
However, Ancelotti has stated that the club is not going to move for him or even consider selling Lorenzo Insigne as part of a deal.
“No, I would not,” he said on that possibility. “Insigne is the captain of Napoli and we are all happy that he stays here.”
Clearly, the former Chelsea coach is more focused on bringing James Rodriguez to the club above all else.