Ancelotti will remain coach of Real Madrid and will reject any offer from Brazil

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti looks set to leave the club next summer when his contract expires, but the Italian is still not giving up hope of remaining in the Spanish capital.

Towards the end of the season there was much talk of him joining Brazil, with Brazilian Federation (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues initially saying he was the preferred choice, before declaring that Ancelotti would join next summer. Fluminense manager Fernando Diniz has been appointed on a temporary basis.

Meanwhile in Madrid, shortlists have been drawn up to replace Ancelotti next summer.

According to the medium El Chiringuito, Xabi Alonso of Bayer Leverkusen is in ‘pole-position’, while Alvaro Arbeloa and Raul Gonzalez are next on the list.

They continue to claim that Ancelotti has not yet signed anything with anyone, and if Los Blancos were to offer him a contract extension, then he would sign for a longer term as Real Madrid coach.

As Edu Aguirre points out, there is still no official announcement on the matter from Ancelotti, Brazil or Real Madrid, despite Rodrigues’ assertions. Ancelotti has refused to talk further about his future.

At the time speculation intensified over the Brazil job, Ancelotti was also rumored to be close to the sack, so it seems highly unlikely that he could consider staying on beyond next summer.

If Ancelotti can win the La Liga title this season, they may back away from that idea. The last Real Madrid coach to last more than three years was Vicente del Bosque, who stayed for four seasons from 1999 to 2003.