After several meetings and the best efforts of CEO Adriano Galliani, former coach Carlo Ancelotti will not be returning to Milan this summer.has turned down the opportunity to return to coach AC Milan next season, the Serie A club have announced on Tuesday (2/6). He told the club he needs rest after two years at Real Madrid.
The former Real Madrid coach had held talks with Milan’s general manager Adriano Galliani in Madrid last week, but after taking a few days to consider the offer, he called Galliani on Tuesday night to say he was turning him down.
Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed last week that the club had reached out to the 55-year-old about a possible return to the San Siro. But Ancelotti revealed on Twitter on Tuesday evening that he had declined the opportunity.The Italian tactician gave his final answer on Tuesday, which draws the situation to a disappointing close after weeks of optimism.
“Thanks to Milan for their support and interest. It was hard to say no to such a beloved club to me but I need some rest. I wish them the best,” he noted.
Ancelotti’s refusal now leaves owner Silvio Berlusconi with a dilemma as to whom he should look to hire as coach.The obvious candidates are there, including SinisaMihajlovic who departed Sampdoria this week. It has been reported for months that Sevilla boss Unai Emery is also in the running, while Primavera youth team coach Cristian Brocchi’s name has been mentioned on more than one occasion.
“Carlo Ancelotti has informed Milan that he cannot be the coach of the Rossonerifirst team next season,” read a statement on the Milan’s official website.
Ancelotti, who played at AC Milan between 1987 and 1992 before managing the Rossoneri for eight years, won eight major honours during his time in charge of the club.Ancelotti is one the most successful coaches in Milan’s history, having led the Rossoneri to the Italian Serie A title in 2004 and two UEFA Champions League crowns before he left in 2009 to join Chelsea after eight years in the job.
The 55-year-old parted company with Real Madrid last Monday after a trophyless season and declared that he would take a year off from coaching.It has been well documented that the former coachrequires back surgery due to a long-standing issue, and so it is with sadness but understanding that the Rossoneri accept his decision.
Ancelotti’s return would have been ideal, but now Milan must move swiftly to identify their next preference and start planning how they can improve the team to fit their system and style of play.