Nasser Al Khelaifi, celebrating the club’s title triumph this weekend, insisted he had no plans to let the Italian go.
“They [Madrid] came and I discussed it with them,” Khelaifi said. “He’s got a contract with us for one more year … for me, he’s here next year. He’s a fantastic guy and I’m sure he’ll respect his contract.”
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