Real Madrid rule out looming Mbappe move '100 per cent'


Real Madrid have ruled out signing French superstar Kylian Mbappe before the transfer window closes, despite the Paris St Germain forward continuing to be strongly linked with the Spanish giants.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday said the club are unlikely to do any more transfer business in the current window, which closes on September 1.

When asked about Mbappe, he told reporters: "No, I rule it out 100 per cent.

"Our squad is closed and our players are thinking about our season."

The transfer window remains open in Saudi Arabia beyond September 1, which means clubs from the big-spending Gulf nation could still poach Europe's best players but Ancelotti insisted he was not concerned.

"Someone may change their mind but I am not afraid of that," he said ahead of Madrid's La Liga game at Celta Vigo on Friday.

Midfielder Luka Modric did not start Madrid's first two league games of the current season, leading to speculation the Croatian is unhappy with the situation.

Ancelotti, though, insisted the 37-year-old playmaker "has no problem, he will contribute".

"It's a special situation for everybody, for him it's strange not to play from the first minute but he will contribute as always," the coach said.

Ancelotti also said new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has joined on loan from English Premier League side Chelsea, will make his debut in goal in Madrid's first home league game of the season.