Madrid will not buy Modric replacement, says Ancelotti

The Champions League holders will not bring in new players in the winter transfer window despite the three month absence of the midfielder

​Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that they will not be dipping into the transfer market to replace the injured Luka Modric.

The midfielder has been ruled out for three months after suffering a torn thigh muscle in Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy.

However, Ancelotti is adamant Madrid have the resources to cope with the setback and are not in need of January reinforcements.

“No, Real Madrid will not be buying in January, because we are able to replace Modric,” Ancelotti told Radio Nacional de Espana.

“We have other important players for this type of situation.

“Last year we had the same problem with the injury to [Sami] Khedira. We’ll fix it by putting in another midfielder.

“We have the option of replacing him with Khedira, [Asier] Illarramendi and finally, we have the option of Isco, who does not have the habit of playing in the position but I think he can do it in some games.

“We have [Alvaro] Medran, a youngster from Castilla who is doing very well and we like him. He may be an option at least to be with us.”

Leaders Real Madrid return to La Liga action on Saturday when they visit Eibar.