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Everton boss Ancelotti issues foul-mouthed response to Isco transfer speculation

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation linking Everton with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco as "bulls***".

Ancelotti was rumoured to be eyeing a reunion with his former Los Blancos player, who has just over 18 months remaining on his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Italian made Isco his first signing upon his appointment as Real boss in 2013 and the pair won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey together.

Meanwhile, Everton already brought one star from the Spanish capital to Merseyside in the form of James Rodriguez.

But Isco will not follow the Colombian to Goodison Park, as Ancelotti rubbished the transfer speculation with an X-rated put-down.

"It is not true that I am behind Isco," the former Milan and Chelsea boss told DIRECTV SportsCo.

"We haven't started thinking about the team for the January market. So those comments are, as they say here, bulls***."

Ancelotti was pressed further on Everton's links with Isco during his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Fulham.

He added: "Isco is a rumour from the media. It did not go out from our side. We are not talking about the market in this period. We are talking about the problems we have now.

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"Isco was my player at Real Madrid. A fantastic player but he is a Real Madrid player."

The Toffees boss also confirmed Richarlison, Fabian Delph and Allan are fit for the trip to west London, but captain Seamus Coleman will miss out through injury.

Richarlison has missed the last three matches through suspension and Everton have lost on each occasion, but Ancelotti was keen to point out his side's recent woes are in defence rather than attack.

"We didn't lose because Richarlison wasn't there," Ancelotti said. "He's a striker and the problem we had was that we didn't defend properly.

"He's really important for us, a top player and it's important to have him."

Ancelotti added: ""He has everything, I think he can reach the top level in football. He's still young but a really humble guy, I think he can be at the top soon."

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