Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has underplayed rumours of his alleged appointment as the new manager of the Brazilian National team.
The Italian has been heavily linked in recent months with the vacant position, currently occupied by interim boss and current manager of the Brazilian U-20 team, Ramon Menezes since the departure of Tite after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Selecao have always maintained their interest but the Italian has remained firm on his stance that he wants to continue at Real Madrid, where his contract expires in 2024.
As per 90mins, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has openly admitted that Ancelotti is the favourite among players and fans to take over the vacant role.
“Ancelotti is unanimously respected among players,” Rodrigues explained. “Not only Ronaldo Nazario or Vinicius Jr but all those that have played for him. I really admire him for his honesty in the way he works and how constant his work is. He needs no introductions. He is really a top coach who he has several achievements and we hope he can have even more.
“Ancelotti is not only the players’ favourite but it seems the fans’ too. Everywhere I go in Brazil, in every stadium, he is the first name the supporters ask me about.
“They talk about him in a very affectionate way, in recognition of an exemplary work he has done in his career. Let’s have faith in God, wait for the appropriate time and we’ll see if we can make it happen as we look for the new coach of the Brazilian national team.”
Despite this interest, in conversation with Marca, Ancelotti insisted that he is happy at Real Madrid and would be keen to stay at the club for the remainder of his career.
“I want to stay at Real Madrid,” he stressed. “I’m happy. I have said many times that I would stay at Real Madrid for the rest of my life.”
The Real boss has never hidden his desire to keep working with Real and previously confirmed that he would retire from management whenever his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu comes to an end, dismissing the links to the Brazil job in the process.