Real Madrid are not interested in signing Manchester United target Arturo Vidal from Juventus this summer, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Chilean midfielder is widely recognised as one of Europe's best in his position and has appeared on the radar of United who are desperately looking to add a formidable presence to their wafer thin options in the middle of the park.
As is the case for United's other midfield targets in Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon, reports in the Spanish press have previously suggested Real Madrid will look to add the 26-year-old Vidal to their squad this summer.
But in a development that will boost David Moyes' side on three fronts, Ancelotti has indicated his club will not be in the market for a new midfielder this summer with the injured Sami Khedira still firmly in his first team plans when the German completes his recovery from two long term ligament injuries.
The Los Blancos manager was recently spotted talking to Juventus director Beppe Moratta in the Spanish capital but was quick to deny the chat had anything to do with a future offer for Vidal.
"He came to see the sports centre," Ancelotti told La Stampa, Goal.com report, after he and Marotta were photographed at Real Madrid's training ground.
"In midfield we won't take anyone. We don't need anyone and (Sami) Khedira will return."
Ancelotti's comments will act as a boost to United's attempts to address their shortcomings in midfield this summer. Should the Spanish giants focus on other areas of their side and rule themselves out of the race for a midfielder as Ancelotti's remarks suggest, United could have a clear path to launch their own efforts to sign one or more of the trio.
United and Real have largely been the only two clubs persistently linked with a move for Gundogan, whose chronic back problem that ended his season in August has seen interest from other parties fade. Meanwhile 22-year-old Carvalho recently admitted his two most likely summer destinations are Manchester and Madrid.
Juventus dynamo Vidal however is likely to be the most difficult to lure to the Premier League. Despite interest from Old Trafford, the former Bayer Leverkusen star remains determined to remain in Turin and recently laughed off the idea of moving to one of Spain's big two.
"Join Real Madrid or Barcelona? That's ludicrous! All I want is to win the league with Juventus and have a good World Cup," Vidal said.