The Italian coach says the Portuguese star is fundamental to the club going forward and attacker Gonzalo Higuain still has a part to play at the Santiago Bernabeu

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo remains an integral part of Real Madrid going forward and says Gonzalo Higuain is a "fantastic" player.

The Italian coach, who took charge of Madrid for the first time in their 6-0 thrashing of Bournemouth, has had to fend off questions about the Portuguese star's future while the latest reports from Italy suggest that Napoli are close to securing Higuain.

Ronaldo, who has two years remaining on his deal, has been persistently linked with a move away from the capital-based outfit with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain the main contenders for his signature, but Ancelotti has denied that the Portuguese will be leaving anytime soon.

"Cristiano is the most important player in the team and he will be in the future, everyone knows him and he plays good games and is good for the club," he told reporters.

"Higuain is a fantastic player and right now is a Real Madrid player."

Madrid put on an exhibition display as they put six past Bournemouth, with Ronaldo grabbing a double while Sami Khedira, Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Casemiro all got on the scoresheet.