With his fate still hanging, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says that he really want to keep his job, but also admits that he is preparing for a possible axing.
“I am still thinking as Real Madrid coach, until the club tell me any different,” Ancelotti remarked in an interview. “After the game, or on Sunday or Monday, we will meet and talk about the future. My feeling is that I will stay, I would like to continue, am motivated to do so as I like this club, these players.” He adds that he believes he still has the confidence of the club an its management.
However, the 55-year old manager also admitted that he has been preparing himself for the possibility of the Whites not renewing him. Ancelotti asserted that, as a man that has been in the sport for several decades, he knows that such developments are part of the job and that he will have no complaints should it happen.
Ancelotti also remarked that he considers his stay with Real Madrid to be one of the best periods of his career.
Several people within Real’s ranks have already expressed the desire to see him stay as manager, including vice-captain Sergio Ramos and defender Marcelo. Ancelotti remarked that, while he appreciated the support, these should not influence the final decision on him.
The Italian manager helped Real in winning their 10th Champ0ions League title last season, as well as that year’s Copa del Rey. However, this season proved to be an underwhelming one for the team, as they failed any major title. Real was surprised by Juventus in the semis of this season’s Champions League, where they lost 3-2. The team also fell short of grabbing the La Liga trophy, with Barcelona beating them to it by just four points.
Ancelotti also said that he is not bothered by the apparent leaks of the names of the possible people to replace him. Former Madrid assistant manager and current Napoli coach Rafaelo Benitez is rumoured to be one of the most likely to step into his position.