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Ancelotti edging closer to Real - reports

April 25, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

L'Equipe are reporting Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti met with a representative of Real Madrid last weekend and is edging closer to becoming Jose Mourinho's successor in the Spanish capital.

Carlo Ancelotti is struggling to get the best of his squad
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Ancelotti, 53, and his team could pick up the Ligue 1 title this weekend with victory at Evian, but though a clause in his contract means the deal will be automatically extended into next season if PSG finish in the top three, the Italian may still not be at the Parc des Princes come August.

According to L'Equipe, the former AC Milan and Chelsea boss held talks with the unnamed Madrid representative after PSG's 3-0 defeat of Nice on Sunday, and has already drawn up a list of players he wants to bring to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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"Carlo doesn't seem to be in the frame of mind to continue," an unnamed source is cited by the sports daily as saying, while another claims: "It's 90% done with Real."

Both PSG's sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi have said recently Ancelotti's future is in his own hands, and strongly hinted they would prefer him to stay. However, L'Equipe claims the former Italy midfielder was unhappy with the angry reaction from the club's Qatari owners to PSG's Coupe de France quarter-final exit at Evian last week, less than five months after he was threatened with the sack following his team's patchy run of form in November.

While it was suggested earlier this season that Mourinho could replace Ancelotti in Paris, L'Equipe added that eventuality is now unlikely with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger emerging as favourite. PSG's owners, Qatar Sports Investments, reportedly see the Frenchman as being the ideal man to develop the team's style of play as well as establish a policy of youth development as he has done in north London.