Ancelotti won’t close door to possibility of becoming new Brazil NT coach

Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on before the start of the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 19, 2023. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Milan, Juventus and current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t closed the door to potentially becoming the next manager of the Brazilian national team, admitting he’s flattered by the interest.

It’s no longer secret that Brazil’s FA want to make a high profile appointment for the national team bench and have targeted the Italian as their top choice for the Seleção.

Speaking ahead of Los Blancos’ league clash against Valladolid, Ancelotti seemingly left open the possibility of coaching Brazil.

“The rumors about my future? They don’t surprise me,” he told reporters during his pre-match press conference. “But they don’t bother me either.”

“The only thing I’m thinking about is to stay at this club for as long as I’m here. Everything else is quite clear: I will continue as long as Madrid allow me to.”

“We are doing very well, I feel affection from the club. The atmosphere around me is calm and I plan on keeping it so. There’s two months left in the campaign and we’re aiming for trophies.”

He was also asked about some of his team’s Brazilian players confessing they’d like to have him on the national team bench.

Ancelotti replied, “Everyone can say what they want. But the reality is what it is. And I have just said it: I have a contract and I want to continue. It’s simple. Nobody knows the future.”

“But of course I love it (the interest from Brazil) and it’s exciting. Though, contracts have to be respected and I want to honor them.”

Finally, “I don’t know the Brazilian FA president but certainly I’d greet if he were to come and talk to me.”