Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he would like to finish his career at the Santiago Bernanbeu. The Italian took charge at Real last summer and successfully led the team to La Decima as they won the European Cup for a record tenth time.
Ancelotti is relatively young for a manager who has won three UEFA Champions League titles in a 19-year career, he does not turn 56 until next summer, but he is already eyeing retirement in the Spanish capital.
When asked by Spanish radio station Cadena SER if he would like to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson, who spent over a quarter of a century at Manchester United, Ancelotti said:
“It is unthinkable that it is 24 years at this club, but I would like to end my career in Madrid.”
The former AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss also revealed that he would never consider coaching Real’s fierce Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona out of loyalty.
“If I train Madrid, I can never train Barcelona,” he said. “I have to respect my history and the history of the club that I have trained.”
Real president Florentino Perez has often been a controversial figure during his two spells at the helm and was the architect of the Galacticos project which brought players like Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and David Beckham to the Bernabeu. His second spell has seen more considerable financial outlay with the signings of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, but Ancelotti insists he has never asked for any impact on first-team affairs and the manager would be willing to sign a permanent deal to work for the 67-year-old.
“(I would) Sign a permanent contract with Florentino,” he said. “I have a very good relationship with him. He has always shown me much love, we have never had problems.”
“The important thing is to talk, I like to talk about w
hat I’m doing,” he added. “He has never asked me about the line-up, never, not about who I put in.”