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Real Madrid chief refuses to back Carlo Ancelotti

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
A year on from winning the Champions League, Ancelotti faces the sack
A year on from winning the Champions League, Ancelotti faces the sack

Carlo Ancelotti's future at Real Madrid looks increasingly uncertain after Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno refused to back the manager who will end this season without a trophy.

Ancelotti's side were dethroned as European champions by Juventus in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday and they then saw Barcelona claim Spanish title glory on Sunday.

Speculation over Ancelotti's future has been mounting in recent weeks and these comments from Butragueno will fuel the suspicion that the Italian's days at the club are numbered. 

When asked to comments on Ancelotti's future, the Real Madrid chief told AS:  "It's not the time to say and nor is it the place. There's a game left to play and we need to prepare for what's coming.

"We compete to win and when we don't, we aren't happy. This week we didn't have any luck. We put in a big effort, but we didn't achieve our objectives.

"I congratulate Barcelona, who had a great second half of the season." 

Manchester City have been heavily linked with a move for Ancelotti, as they weigh-up their options in deciding the fate of current boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Meanwhile, outgoing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is among those being linked as Ancelotti's possible replacement at Real Madrid.