Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he may call time on his coaching career when his spell at Spanish giants Real Madrid comes to an end.
The Italian led Paris St Germain to the French title last season, but the lure of the Bernabeu was too much to resist when it came calling during the summer. Whilst wrestling the league title from Barcelona is amongst the objectives in his job description, of perhaps even more importance is guiding the club to that elusive tenth UEFA Champions League crown.
Real have started their campaign with successive wins in Group B, meaning they already hold a four-point advantage over Juventus who they face next. Domestically, though, they are already five points off the pace at the top of the table, with both Barca and city rivals Atletico collecting maximum points from the opening eight games.
Such is the turnaround of managers at Los Blancos Ancelotti accepts he will have to improve on this La Liga showing, or he could well follow Jose Mourinho through the exit door. Should that time come, the 54-year-old will not be short of offers, with both Roma and the Azzurri said to be monitoring his progress. However, the former Milan and Chelsea coach has hinted that he could call time on his career when he eventually leaves Real.
“A lot of people have asked me about the possibility of coaching Roma or the (Italy) national team in the future,” Ancelotti, who won two Champions League with the Rossoneri and also led Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double, said to Sky Sport Italia. “I don’t know – I could even decide to retire after my experience at Real Madrid.”