Monday November 3 2014
Madrid open Ancelotti renewal talks

Real Madrid have begun the process for extending Carlo Ancelotti’s contract, with the Italian to be tied down until 2017 or 2018.

Ancelotti’s current deal extends until 2016, AS reports, but Madrid are so happy with the Champions League-winning Coach they want to add more years to his deal.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has indicated he would be keen to stay at Santiago Bernabeu for the long-term, suggesting in a recent interview he would like to end his career in the capital.

Madrid are said to be impressed by how Ancelotti handled Madrid’s patchy start to the season, when they lost to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid, and got the team on an 11-game winning streak that has seen Los Blancos go top of the League.

The way in which James Rodriguez has been accommodated has also won praise, as has Ancelotti’s role in the form of Isco while Gareth Bale is out injured.

There’s also a feeling Ancelotti works well with Fernando Hierro, the Madrid icon who was hired over the summer as his assistant when Zinidine Zidane took over as Real Madrid Castilla Coach.

Football Italia website