Soccer-Ancelotti stays silent amid Brazil v Real Madrid tug of war


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  • Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023

Soccer Football - LaLiga - Real Madrid v Valencia - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - November 11, 2023 Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti REUTERS/Isabel Infantes/File Photo

(Reuters) - As the battle between Real Madrid and the Brazilian FA (CBF) for the managerial services of Carlo Ancelotti continues to rage, the Italian is refusing to be drawn in and might not reveal his plans until the end of the season.

"I'll give you the chance to ask another question," a visibly annoyed Ancelotti told a reporter at his press conference on Tuesday prior to Real's Champions League match against Napoli, when asked if he would be at the club for another season. "I say it again, I am not talking about my future."

With his contract due to expire at the end of the current European season and CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues making confident noises about snagging the 64-year-old Italian, Real are scrambling to hang on to the only manager to have won the title in all of Europe's big five leagues.

A club official confirmed to Reuters that president Florentino Perez is contemplating offering a contract extension, while a CBF director told Reuters they expect to have him in place for next year's Copa America in the United States.

The CBF expects to formally sign Ancelotti by mid-January, voiding a clause to roll his Real contract over for another year and say they have "legal safeguards" in place to protect their interests in case the deal falls apart.

"The president (Ednaldo Rodrigues) would not have signed Fernando Diniz to a one-year contract in a caretaker position if he did not have a serious plan in place," the CBF official told Reuters.

"Nothing has changed in the president's position since he last spoke to the media. The plan is Carlo Ancelotti and we are very comfortable and confident with the commitment we have to make it happen."

Rodrigues told Reuters in March that signing Ancelotti would be a "no brainer", and in July, at the unveiling of caretaker Diniz, he remained confident: "He (Ancelotti) will be here, you can be sure of that," he said.

Ancelotti, however, has consistently refused to engage in the discussion. "I don't think about it (my future)," he said. "I am proud that the Brazilian national team is talking about me but I'm not going to talk about my future until my contract is up.

"In the end, at most it would be a six-month wait. What is six months when faced with a decision of a lifetime?"

Bayer Leverkusen manager and former Real midfielder Xabi Alonso is likely to be the preferred replacement should Ancelotti go.

(Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Mitch Phillips and Toby Davis)

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