Ancelotti welcomes Real Madrid move for Bale

The Blancos boss says signing the Welsh winger could only make his team stronger, while Fabio Coentrao, linked with Tottenham, has asked to leave the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has welcomed the club's pursuit of Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale and believes the Welsh winger could improve last term's Liga runners-up.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas remains adamant that the two-time PFA Player of the Year, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, will not be sold, as the north London club hold out for a world-record fee.

But los Blancos remain eager to get their man, and the club's Italian manager has stressed that, while he is happy with his current squad, any player of Bale's ability would be a welcome addition.

"Bale? I can only respond by saying I’m very happy with the squad I have but the best players make a team better," Ancelotti told reporters.

Meanwhile, full-back Fabio Coentrao, who has been muted as part of swap deal for Bale, has requested to be allowed to leave the Spanish capital this summer.

"Coentrao has asked to leave the club and won’t be playing Sunday [against Betis]," the Italian confirmed.

The 54-year-old then added that he is determined to get his reign under way in the best possible manner and is not only committed to winning this term, but doing so by playing the best football possible.

"Our objective is not only to win but to also play beautiful attacking football. The important thing is to create a style of play that is comfortable for my players.

"If the team plays well, the fans will be happy. The atmosphere at the Bernabeu has always been great."