Real Madrid have expressed a desire to move away from the Champions League for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Article 3 of the club’s latest financial report showed the La Liga giants have been unable to find a new stadium for next season, meaning that their current ground at the Bernabeu is a long-term solution.

The Portuguese giants have not given a definite timeframe for the move, with their official position on the matter still unclear, although there have been suggestions the club could leave the competition in 2019. 

“Real Madrid is ready to leave the Champions league,” said Carlo Ancelotti, the club president, at a press conference.

“It is an important and positive step.

The transfer of the players to Real Madrid is not easy. “

We are very satisfied with the progress made in the past season. 

The transfer of the players to Real Madrid is not easy.

It is not a simple task, especially because of the fact that the player is a very important player for the club. 

We will see what happens in the future.”

The news was welcomed by Ligue 2 club Marseille, who have been linked with a move for Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 20-year-old Portugal international, who scored 17 goals last season, has a release clause of €30m (£26.4m) but is not due to be paid until 2021.

According to Sky sources, Marseille are also keen on Ligue 3 club Lorient, who would need to buy an additional player. 

Lorient are also hoping to sign Luka Modric, who could make €50m (£45.6m) by the end of this season, as well as attacking midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“The Ligue teams want to strengthen,” said Ancelottis, adding that the Champions are “an important part of our future” and that the transfer market is “exploding”.

“We have the best squad in the world.

We have to work hard and we have the most money.

We can’t afford to give up the Champions Leagues.”

We will be able to offer a new challenge to our rivals.

It will be a good competition, but the best teams will win.

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