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Ancelotti: No coach can turn down Real

February 12, 2013
By ESPN staff and Ian Holyman

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted it would be impossible to turn down a chance to coach Real Madrid, as speculation over his future continues.

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Ancelotti cast doubt on his future in France on Monday when he revealed the final year of his contract will only be activated if he guides his team to a top-three finish in Ligue 1 this season.

Given that PSG are currently six points clear at the top of the table - and are 11 ahead of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne - that is highly likely to happen, though Ancelotti suggested he would love to join Real Madrid if the chance arose.

"I don't think there is a single coach in the world who could say no to a club like Real Madrid," he told TVE. "It would be very difficult to turn something like that down. All I can say for now, though is that I am happy at PSG at the moment."

In a report on Tuesday, French newspaper Le Parisien revealed that Ancelotti, who left Stamford Bridge in summer 2011 before taking charge at PSG the following December, "was contacted in November and December by three Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Liverpool."

Paris' main daily paper also claimed the Italian was contacted by Madrid president Florentino Perez himself before Christmas to offer him the job when Jose Mourinho eventually moves on.

Mourinho is widely expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu next summer with PSG and his former club Chelsea oft-touted as likely destinations. A switch between two bosses has already been mooted by French media this season, and Perez is a known admirer of Ancelotti, who was reportedly close to leaving AC Milan to take the Madrid job in 2009 before finally heading to Stamford Bridge.