Wednesday, 10th July, 2013
Real Madrid will have to wait until the end of next season if they want to recruit players from Paris Saint-Germain, according to the terms of manager Carlo Ancelotti’s contract as revealed by French daily Le Parisien.
Ancelotti made the switch from PSG to Real Madrid this summer following a long saga of managerial uncertainty at both ends.
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti immediately became linked with a move to be reunited with Ancelotti, whilst speculation had also arisen over players like star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, a clause in Ancelotti’s contract prevents him from raiding his former club for new recruits for a season.
It is understood the clause had been in place from the very outset of negotiations involving PSG and Real Madrid.
Verratti had been a probable target for Ancelotti in Spain, thanks to his 27 Ligue 1 games last season, backed by Champions League appearances and participation in the European Under-21 Championship.
It was Ancelotti who had brought Verratti over to France from Italian side Pescara, and the coach would have been the best judge of his playing abilities.
Verratti played a key role for PSG as the club emerged with the Ligue 1 title, ending a nearly two-decade wait for league glory in the French capital.
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