Just two years and six months go, it would not have been unusual to find someone say that Carlo Ancelotti’s career in management was perhaps winding downhill. Yet after being given the Real Madrid job for a second time, the Italian has catapulted himself back into both the limelight and the highest echelon of management with a historic double.
It has even led to some linking him with the Brazil job, as the Selecao look to go in a different direction following another disappointing World Cup campaign. Ancelotti edged away from that idea and has always stated that he is happy at Real Madrid, but did not rule it out entirely.
On Tuesday evening, Ancelotti was awarded the prize for best manager at the Diario AS Gala. Once again he reaffirmed that he would perhaps be open to a national team job.
“I feel very good at Madrid, honestly. The coach’s job is like that, you never know when you’re going to stop. But if it were up to me, I would never leave Madrid. It may be that at the end of my career I think about a national team, but I like to have a relationship with the players every day.”
Ancelotti has previously stated that Real Madrid will be his last job and thereafter he would retire from management. Currently with a contract until 2024, if Italy are in a position to pursue him at that point, or even in 2026, then surely Gabriele Gravina would be best-advised to do so.