Carlo Ancelotti: No concerns over job security at Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed reports that his job is under threat by insisting he will still be Real Madrid coach next season.
With Madrid sitting second in the league and already out of the Copa del Rey, the Italian has come under pressure this term and he is yet to begin negotiations over a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in June 2016.
The future of goalkeeper Iker Casillas has also been questioned following another campaign littered with high profile errors, but Ancelotti is adamant both him and the Blancos veteran will remain at the club.
"Next season I see myself here along with Iker Casillas and all the players who are doing well at Real Madrid," he told reporters. "Right now, this question is not so important. We are all focused on the run in to the end of the season, which is so important."
Ancelotti also revealed that Karim Benzema has picked up an injury and had to leave training early on Friday, meaning the striker will be absent from Saturday’s clash with Malaga.
"Benzema is not available. He will recover for the next game," he added. "We’ll put the best possible team out to beat Malaga, who are doing very well. It will not change the team’s strategy. He will be ready against Atletico.
"I’m thinking about using Javier Hernandez or Isco for Benzema. We’ll see."
With Isco a candidate to replace Benzema, Ancelotti was asked if the Spaniard was unhappy about losing his place in the team for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.
He replied: "I don’t think Isco feels he has lost his position. He has played the last Liga game and now there are lot more or less important matches. We are fighting for both competitions.
"All players understand that all games have the same relevance. Isco is fresh and well, I can use him anytime.
"The Malaga game is not one to give minutes to those that need it, we need to win and put pressure and continue this streak. It’s not a game to give minutes to Coentrao. He will not play."
The Italian also admitted he has no interest in watching Barcelona’s clash with Valencia earlier on in the afternoon.
"I’m going to the cinema. I will not see Barcelona," he joked. "But seriously, at that time we have to prepare for our game and it is complicated. It will be a very interesting game."
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