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Carlo Ancelotti waiting for prime opportunity to make managerial return

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Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed his desire to move back to the Premier League - but is prepared to wait for the perfect opportunity.

The Italian is in the running to take over from Manchester United's under-fire manager Louis van Gaal, whose contract expires in 2017.

Ancelotti was once linked with the United job when David Moyes' era came to an abrupt end in 2014, but after winning the Champions League with Real that season secured himself another year at the Bernabeu, with Van Gaal taking over at Old Trafford.

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Ancelotti, though, is reluctant to take up any post midway through the season and will weigh up his options next summer.

In an exclusive interview with the Independent, he said: “I will continue to wait. If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait.

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"What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things. But let us see next summer.”

Van Gaal is unlikely to extend his stay in Manchester beyond 2017, though it could be the case he'll be sacked before he's given such a choice.

The Red Devils have struggled this season on the goalscoring front, much to the frustration of fans, and following their exit from the Champions League on Tuesday many have called for Van Gaal's departure.

And after missing the chance to get Ancelotti in 2014, senior officials at Old Trafford might not want to let this opportunity go by.

The 56-year-old has Premier League experience after managing Chelsea for two years from 2009-2011, winning the double in his first term with the west London outfit.

"Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United," Ancelotti said, as per the Daily Mail.

"I would like to come back in a club with a good project, but, of course, one that is competitive. The Premier League is the best in the sense of atmosphere, ambience.

"It is also competitive, so I would like to come back, especially for the atmosphere."

Ancelotti has won league titles with most clubs he has managed across Europe, winning Serie A with AC Milan, the Premier League with Chelsea and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

The only domestic title that eluded him was La Liga, where he lost out to rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in consecutive years at Real.

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