Carlo Ancelotti plans break after Real Madrid sacking

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ancelotti sacked a year after Champions League glory
Ancelotti sacked a year after Champions League glory

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that intends to take a year break from the game after his reign as Real Madrid boss came to an end.

Manchester City have been heavily linked with a move for Ancelotti as speculation mounted that the coach who guided Real Madrid to Champions League glory last May was on the brink of the sack.

Yet it seems as if the three-time Champions League winning boss will not be a contender to replace Manuel Pellegrini at City this summer, as the former Chelsea boss confirmed he will take a spell away from the game before plotting his next move.

"I reiterate that I will take a year off and I have a serious reason to stop," says Ancelotti. 

"I must have a back operation because of a (cervical spinal) stenosis that for some time creates a tingle in my hands.

"If I waste more time it could extend to my legs and this is why I have made an appointment to have the surgery done. I don't know how long the period of recovery will be.

"I will have the operation in Vancouver where I have a house with my wife.

"Two years at Real have been very tiring and believe me, very challenging. No one can imagine the toll it takes physically and mentally to coach Real."

Ancelotti has confirmed that he has already received offers from top clubs around Europe, with his spell at Real Madrid confirming his credentials as a trophy winner of the highest calibre, even though he failed to win the La Liga title with the Spanish giants.

"I can assure you that I've had plenty of offers from Italy, England, Germany," added the 55-year-old. "I'm sure they will not be lacking from here until next year."

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, with Ancelotti leaving the club with his legacy assured after he secured the club's long-awaited 10th Champions League title in Lisbon a year ago.