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

expires.

”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.