Carlo Ancelotti dismisses Arsenal approach for Eduardo Camavinga

    VILLARREAL, SPAIN - JANUARY 19: Eduardo Camavinga da Silva of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica on January 19, 2023 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
    Arsenal have made a move to sign Eduardo Camavinga on loan from Real Madrid (Getty)

    Carlo Ancelotti insists Eduardo Camavinga is ‘untouchable’ following Arsenal’s surprise move for the Real Madrid midfielder.

    Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window but the Premier League leaders have already lost out on Mykhailo Mudryk, who joined Chelsea in an £88.6 million deal last weeekend.

    Arsenal responded by completing a £27m deal with Brighton for Leandro Trossard this week but the Gunners are still looking for more reinforcements before the window closes.

    According to reports on Friday, Arsenal have made enquiries about a possible deal to sign Camavinga on loan from Madrid for the remainder of the season.

    Camavinga has started just five games in La Liga this season, with Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric all featuring more prominently for the Spanish champions.

    But Ancelotti is adamant that the France international will not be leaving Madrid this month.

    VILLARREAL, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: Eduardo Camavinga player of Real Madrid in action during the LaLiga Santander match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de la Ceramica on January 07, 2023 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Victor Carretero/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
    Eduardo Camavinga has started just five games in La Liga for Real Madrid this season (Getty)

    ‘The squad is untouchable,’ Ancelotti said.

    ‘It’s not only [Modric and Kroos], it’s the others who come onto the pitch and give everything, like [Dani] Ceballos and [Marco] Asensio did [at Villarreal].

    ‘Modric and Kroos are untouchable, but that doesn’t mean they have to play every game.

    ‘He [Camavinga] is untouchable, like Modric or Kroos.’

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