Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti says he prefers the day-to-day running of club management amid questions about whether he would take up the Italian national team job.
Ancelotti has guided Real Madrid to the summit of LaLiga, 12 points clear of a resurgent Barcelona, who do have a game in hand.
Real Madrid are also in contention to go all the way in the Champions League. Los Blancos are 3-1 up in their quarter-final against reigning European champions Chelsea heading into Tuesday’s second leg.
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While Ancelotti has Real Madrid on course for success this season, there are speculations as to whether president Florentino Perez will stick with the 62-year-old for next season.
The failure of Italy to qualify for two straight World Cups has also brought Roberto Mancini’s position into question, but Ancelotti, a suitable option to take over as Italian national team coach in 2018 – prefers club football.
“I have thought about it, to train a national team,” he told a news conference when asked about the Italy job.
“To be honest I must say that I like the day-to-day of club football. The matches give you emotion and happiness.
“But there is of course the worry and the day-to-day stress – when I lose the desire for the daily work, I will stop.”
The former Bayern Munich and Chelsea boss opted to leave Everton for Real Madrid at the start of this season, after guiding the Toffees to an underwhelming 10th in his only full Premier League campaign with them following a 12th-placed finish in 2019-20.
Asked whether he would be in charge in 2022-23, Ancelotti replied: “I hope so, but I’m not thinking about that.
“I’m not thinking about the contract. If the club is happy, I’m still happy. If not, I’ll appreciate it, period. I trust at the end of the season, it will be good.”