Respect for Real Madrid: Ancelotti ends Chelsea-Brazil links

    Carlo Ancelotti will not commit himself to a move to either Chelsea or Brazil as long as he is Real Madrid manager out of “respect” for the La Liga club.

    The Italian still has a year left on his Madrid contract, but that hasn’t stopped him from being touted in recent weeks as a potential candidate to fill vacancies at both the Blues and the Celesao.

    Ancelotti, who previously spent two years at Chelsea and led them to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2009/10, will face his old club in the Champions League this week.

    But ahead of his quarter-final reunion, he categorically plays down rumors of an exit from the Santiago Bernabéu to take the reins elsewhere.

    “There’s a good saying, and it’s just right,” he told Radio Rai 1. “(It’s true) the wind blows the chatter away.

    “Here it is. I have a contract until June 30, 2024 and I would like to keep it.”

    Ancelotti returned to Madrid in 2021 and led the club to La Liga glory in his first season, winning all five European top league titles in his career.

    Defending another Champions League triumph has been the club’s main goal this season amid growing internal competition for Barcelona.

    Chelsea are looking for a permanent successor to Graham Potter, turning to another former boss in Frank Lampard to help them through the rest of the season.

    Brazil, meanwhile, has yet to name a replacement for Tita after a disappointing quarter-final exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where under-20 coach Ramon Menezes took over on an interim basis.

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