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Ancelotti reiterates intention to stay at Real Madrid: “Until they want to keep me”

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Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid still remains undecided even as the club take on Manchester City in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

With Real Madrid coming on the back of a 1-1 draw, a win must be imperative if they are to qualify for the final. And as fears grow over a potential elimination tonight, the rumblings around manager Ancelotti’s future persist in the background.

The Italian, though, has answered questions on his future in the most press conference. He expressed his desire to continue at Real Madrid and suggested that the links to Brazil are not concrete.

“There are many links, many rumours about my future as Brazil head coach but trust me, there’s nothing concrete,” Ancelotti said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

The Brazilian FA are targeting Ancelotti as the ideal replacement for Tite, who left at the end of last year following the country’s debacle at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The authorities have not been shy in expressing the desire to hire the Real Madrid coach either.

Ancelotti, though, remains keen on fulfilling his contract at Real Madrid. “I repeat, I’ll stay here at Real Madrid until they want to keep me,” he added.

The Italian’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in the summer of 2024.

It was previously reported that his job is far from secure, especially if Real Madrid get knocked out of the Champions League.

Real Madrid had been scouring the market for replacements as well, with Xabi Alonso earmarked as one of the potential candidates.

However, it has been since suggested that the Merengues are planning for the next season with Ancelotti staying in charge.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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