Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed any suggestion that he could return to Chelsea in the immediate future, insisting Jose Mourinho is the best man to solve their ongoing crisis.
The Special One has overseen Chelsea's worst start to a Premier League campaign in the Roman Abramovich era and is reportedly on his way out if the team fails to turn it around in their next two games.
Chelsea face Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday evening and then travel to Stoke City. Two defeats would not only leave their Champions League campaign in tatters but also leave them cut off from top four contention, let alone the title race.
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As the only world-class manager looking for a new job, Ancelotti would be a natural choice if Abramovich needs to find another new leader. His history of success at Stamford Bridge only strengthens his case further.
But while the Italian admitted that he would be interested in a return to the Premier League, he does not believe Chelsea would be making the right decision if they axed Mourinho.
"I could return to Italy, although I also like the Premier League a lot," Ancelotti said, according to ESPN. "In football you have to be ready for everything. I had a good time [at Chelsea], but the team has the best manager to solve its problems."
Problems, what problems?
There are those who believe Chelsea's problems have been caused by Mourinho. Indeed, some pundits have suggested that the Portuguese's petulant behaviour towards the media and match officials has left the players disillusioned with life under his stewardship.
Although Mourinho has since dismissed the rumours, a BBC reporter claimed at the weekend that one unnamed player would rather lose than win in order to ensure his exit. It is uncertain as to whether the 52-year-old has lost the dressing room, but he has definitely still got the majority of fans on side.
The person he really needs to impress, however, has a history of snap decisions.