Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he could not say that he would retire at Real Madrid, and that he is flattered by the interest from the Brazilian national team.
Ancelotti’s Los Blancos future is well-and-truly up in the air as the season approaches its climax.
The 63-year-old has a contract at Bernabeu until the summer of 2024, but there have been speculation that he could leave his role in the Spanish capital at the end of the current campaign, with the Merengues on the lookout for his possible successor already.
With the Copa del Rey and Champions League as his primary goals and La Liga too far away, the Italian has been affected by the shadow of the Brazilian national team for some time.
Meanwhile, according to Brazil Football Confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues, Ancelotti is a potential candidate to replace Tite, who left the Selecao following the early exit from World Cup in Qatar.
Some Brazilian players, like Rodrygo and Ederson, have also stated that Ancelotti should be considered for the position.
Carlo Ancelotti on the opportunity of managing the Brazil national team
The Real Madrid manager reacted to Brazil’s request his pre-match press conference: “I don’t know the president of the Brazilian federation; if he wants to talk to me I would love to greet him. Yes, the reality is that if the national team of Brazil wants me, I’m very excited. But there is a contract at Madrid.”
The 63-year-old further added saying: “In my case, it’s quite simple. I have a contract and I want to see it out, because I like Real Madrid, I like this club and anything that can happen after that is in the future, and nobody knows the future.”
Ancelotti won three competitions for Real Madrid last season, with Los Blancos triumphing in La Liga, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
This season, though, his Madrid team has fallen behind Barcelona in the La Liga title chase, despite remaining strong favourites to go the whole hog in the Champions League yet again.
They are 12 points adrift of the La Liga leaders and trail the Catalan outfit 1-0 ahead of the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.
The manager stated that he will concentrate on Real Madrid, who play Valladolid in La Liga on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Brazil is looking for a new coach ahead of the 2024 Copa America cycle.