Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions of a possible move for former AC Milan player Andrea Pirlo, despite the midfielder's contract ending next summer.
Ancelotti coached Pirlo to the Champions League title with Milan, and with Xabi Alonso's deal at the Santiago Bernabeu expiring next summer, there had been suggestions of interest in the Italian, per The Express' David Wright.
However, according to ESPN FC's Ben Gladwell, Ancelotti distanced himself from the speculation when talking to Radio Monte Carlo:
"You know how strong a bond I have with Pirlo, but it's something which is impossible," Ancelotti is quoted as saying.
Pirlo moved to Juventus from Milan in 2011 and has guided the Bianconeri to two league titles in his two seasons at the club. However, he has been reluctant to commit his future beyond the end of the current season.
The Italian has spoken of wanting to extend his career and the need for regular games, while telling reporters earlier this week that he is in no rush to resolve his situation, per Sky Sports.
With uncertainty abound, links with a move to the Premier League and Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side have been prominent in recent months, with Mirror Football suggesting he has been offered a three-year deal at White Hart Lane.
Pirlo's quality from defensive midfield is well known, with his distribution from deep having been an admired asset for many years. His outstanding performance at Euro 2012, in particular, saw his standing rise in many European countries.
With Mousa Dembele's future as Tottenham's deep-lying playmaker currently far from certain, per Wright, it may well be that Pirlo's availability comes at the perfect time for Villas-Boas' rebuilding project.
It would seem, though, that Pirlo's future will ultimately depend on Juventus and whether they are prepared to offer guarantees of playing time in the coming seasons.