England midfielder David Beckham believes Chelsea would be getting "one of the greats" if they lure AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge.
The former England skipper has spent the second half of the season playing under Ancelotti at the San Siro and revealed the Milan players are "pleading" with their boss not to leave.
Beckham told The Sun: "Carlo Ancelotti's man-management skills are exceptional. He is a brilliant coach."
He added: "To have played under a manager of his quality is a real privilege. He is one of the greats.
"I have been lucky in my career to play under a few of the best in the business and he comes into that category.
"I just wish I had been able to play for him for many more years. It has been a lot of fun.
"Every single one of the Milan players adores him and doesn't want him to go. They are pleading with him to stay.
"I know wherever he goes, and whatever he does, he will always have my admiration and respect."
Beckham insists Ancelotti can also be fiery as well as friendly.
"He is a low-key, private type of person. But there is another side to him. While I have never had the 'hairdryer' type treatment, I have seen it from him," said the former Manchester United winger.
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