Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that if he were to return to Italian football it would be to manage one of his former-clubs, AC Milan.
However, the recently-sacked Real Madrid boss has stated that he won't be returning to the San Siro this summer, as he eyes a year break in order to recover from spinal surgery. The Italian manager was sacked from the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week after failing to win a trophy during the 2014/2015 campaign, and speculation surrounding his future is already high.
According to reports, AC Milan want to have him back at the helm, whilst Liverpool are keen for him to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. However, speaking in a recent interview after his sacking from Madrid, Ancelotti confirmed that his plans are to take a year away from football.
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Real Madrid Departure
Despite failing to win anything this season, Ancelotti guided Madrid to four trophies all told during his debut season and then took them on a 22-game winning streak during his second. However, Florentino Perez deemed this season a failure and parted companies with him earlier this week.
Ancelotti also guided Madrid to La Decima, the club's 10th Champions League last year after beating Atletico Madrid in the final.
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Ancelotti Reveals Plans
"I’ve always said and thought that if one day I return to coach a club in Italy, I could only do it with Milan," Ancelotti said.
"I can assure you that I have not lacked opportunities, from Italy, England and Germany, and I will not lack offers between now and next year,” the 55-year-old told Il Giornale.
"I said it at the press conference, and I can only repeat it - I’ll stop for a year. I also have a very serious reason to stop, I need to have an operation for cervical stenosis [a spinal condition].
"For some time I’ve been having tingling in my hands, if I wait any longer it may spread to my legs, so I’ve made an appointment for surgery.
"Frankly I don’t know how long I’ll have to physically stop, for the postoperative phase and subsequent rehabilitation.
"Galliani is in Madrid? It’ll be a pleasure to have guests for dinner, but I can’t change the schedule."
Ancelotti will take the year out to decide on where his future lies, but there will be plenty of offers for the former-Chelsea and Real Madrid manager, that's for sure.
Football fans where do you think Ancelotti will end up after his year-long sabbatical? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.