Ancelotti asks to leave PSG, Madrid an option
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to leave the
club and says Real Madrid is a possible destination.
The Italian had a meeting to discuss his future with club
president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo on
Sunday. But it’s believed the recently crowned French league
champions are reluctant to release him a year before his contract
”We had a meeting and I asked to leave the club,” Ancelotti
said. ”We now have to wait a few days for the club’s response to
decide my future and that of the club.
”I have options and Real Madrid is one of those. I will wait
for the club’s decision. We will decide together because my wish is
to leave the club. It’s not easy because I have a very good
relationship with everyone. It’s not the right time to explain my
reasons – and maybe I will never explain.”
Ancelotti steered PSG to its first league title since 1994 last
week amid mounting speculation about his future. He also led the
team to the Champions League quarterfinals before it was beaten by
Barcelona on away goals.
Earlier this week, Al-Khelaifi said he rebuffed an approach from
Madrid’s sporting director for Ancelotti.
”Carlo asked to leave for Madrid, but we want him to stay,”
Leonardo told French sports newspaper L’Equipe earlier on Sunday.
”There was no firm decision, we listened to Carlo. We have to
consider everything for a bit.
”The priority is still that he remains with us. We have never
contacted other managers.”
The comments appear to confirm that Jose Mourinho will depart
from Madrid at the end of the season. The Portuguese coach has been
linked with a return to Chelsea.
PSG’s final match of the season is at Lorient next weekend.