Speaking to Rai Sport (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he is committed to Real Madrid and wants to spend a few more years at the club.
The 63-year-old returned to Real Madrid last year, taking over the reins of the club for the second time after having managed Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015.
Ancelotti signed a three-year deal with the club upon returning and enjoyed tremendous success in his first season back, winning the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy, along with the Spanish Super Cup.
The Italian has also led Real Madrid to the UEFA Super Cup this season while they have made a fine start to the defence of their La Liga and Champions League titles.
Ancelotti had previously hinted that he might consider retiring once his spell at Real Madrid would come to an end.
Now, he has once again reiterated his stance that he is not thinking about anything other than his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and wants to continue as the Merengues’ head coach for a few more years.
“What I see in my future is Real Madrid. This season and next season, Real Madrid. Then again Real Madrid and one more time Real Madrid! Then, we will see,” Ancelotti said.
In his second stint at Real Madrid, Ancelotti has managed 66 matches so far, leading the team to 48 victories (D9 L9).
None of the nine losses have come in the ongoing campaign, as Los Blancos remain unbeaten in all competitions, although they did drop points against Osasuna on Sunday – the first match they failed to win this season.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo