“If today I am the coach of Real Madrid, it is thanks to him” – Ancelotti talks about the relationship he has with Ramos

Carlo Ancelotti says he wouldn’t be Real Madrid manager today if it wasn’t for Sergio Ramos as he prepares to face the Sevilla defender in La Liga on Saturday.

Ramos was a key player during the Italian’s first spell as Madrid coach between 2013 and 2015, scoring one of the most famous goals in the club’s history with a 93rd-minute equalizer in their La Liga final win of Champions 2014 against Atletico Madrid.

The former Real and Spain captain joined boyhood club Sevilla last month on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

“I would like to see Ramos and greet him,” Ancelotti initially said in a press conference on Friday.

“I have love for all the players I have had, but above all I have a special love for him.

“If I am here today it is because of Sergio Ramos. If he hadn’t scored the goal in the Champions League final, I probably wouldn’t be here. For that and for everything he did for this club, everyone has a lot of love for him. He will play well for sure. Let’s hope he doesn’t score, but if he does, he can celebrate as he wants,” added Ancelotti.

The Italian, who returned to the club’s coaching position in 2021, has faced speculation about his future after it was said that he would take charge of the Brazilian national team after an unsuccessful season with “Los Blancos” last season.

Real Madrid hope to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga with a win against Sevilla, who are 14th in the table and have not won in their last three games in all competitions.