Carlo Ancelotti rules out Liverpool job amid Jurgen Klopp reports
The former AC Milan and Chelsea manager says he won't return to work until next season
Carlo Ancelotti has paved the way for Jurgen Klopp to become the next Liverpool manager after the Italian revealed he won’t return to work until next season.
The former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was Klopp’s only serious rival to the Anfield post after Liverpool had reportedly made contact with the five-time European Cup winner last month.
The charismatic ex-Borussia Dortmund manager is the heavy favourite to fill the vacant role after Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
And Ancelotti, who led Chelsea to their first-ever double in 2010, ruled himself out of the running to become the Liverpool manager during an event in London on Tuesday evening.
“I enjoy my time now but, of course, I want to come back to manage – to work – because it is my passion,” Ancelotti is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready.”
During eight seasons in charge at Milan, Ancelotti won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, but lost the 2005 final on penalties to Liverpool after leading 3-0. Milan also won a Serie A title, a Coppa Italia and the 2007 Fifa Club World Cup.
He resigned on 31 May 2009 and was named as Chelsea’s new manager the following day. His first season in London ended with the club winning the league and cup double for the first time.
Dismissed at the end of his second campaign, Ancelotti took charge of Paris in December 2011.
In his one full season in the French capital, 2012/13, Ancelotti steered Paris to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years.
Ancelotti moved to the Spanish capital and led Madrid to the Copa del Rey and their tenth Champions League title in 2014.