Manchester United's hopes of appointing Carlo Ancelotti appear to have been largely dismissed by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who has stated his belief that the Italian will remain with his current employers for next season.
The Red Devils parted company with David Moyes after just 295 days on Tuesday, with the Scot having presided over a desperately disappointing season.
Although Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been placed in temporary charge until the summer, reports have suggested that the club have set their sights on enticing Ancelotti to Old Trafford in the near future.
However, ex-Real Madrid supremo Calderon claimed to be unaware of Manchester United's intentions and appeared strong in his opinion that the experienced boss would still be at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.
"I believe Carlo Ancelotti will be with Real Madrid next season," he told talkSPORT. "He’s got a contract. We don’t know what’s happening with Manchester United.”
Given that Real Madrid have had no fewer than eight permanent managers in the last decade alone, the Spanish giants are certainly not shy to wield the axe in pursuit of improvement.
Calderon - who was president of Los Blancos between 2006-09 - is presumably no stranger to the sort of situation that Manchester United now find themselves in and he expressed sympathy with the club's recent plight.
"It’s always a pity when you have to sack a coach. I had that problem with Fabio Capello. Sometimes you have to take those decisions though. Manchester United’s results have not been normal so it’s a decision they had to take.”
With Ancelotti's position at Real Madrid clearly stronger than ever following Wednesday night's impressive 1-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg triumph over reigning champions Bayern Munich, Manchester United's hopes of landing Ancelotti must surely be considered remote at best.
It could be argued that they might just be better off chasing more attainable targets such as the likes of the Netherlands' Louis van Gaal.