English Premiership

Ancelotti refutes United talk

2014-04-25 17:16
Carlos Ancelotti (AFP)

Madrid - Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted he will not be swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford next season despite being linked with the vacant manager's position at Manchester United.

The English champions sacked David Moyes on Tuesday after less than a season in charge as the Scotsman paid for a disastrous season, which will see United miss out on Champions League football next season for the first time since the 1995/96 campaign.

"At the moment I am very happy in Madrid. I am lucky to be able to work for the best club in the world," Ancelotti told a press conference on Friday.

"I respect Manchester United a lot, although I didn't like what happened with Moyes, but this is the place for me."

Of more pressing concern for the Italian is his side's quest for an historic treble.

Real have already sealed the Copa del Rey and lead European champions Bayern Munich 1-0 after the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

However, next up for Los Blancos is a return to league action as they host Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Saturday looking to reduce the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid to just three points.

"We will try to recover energy and our concentration because we are in the fight for La Liga. Our objective is to win every game.

"It is not easy because we have spent a lot of energy against Bayern. We need to recover physically, although we are not at 100 percent."

Ancelotti said Cristiano Ronaldo would start despite not appearing fully match-fit in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Bayern, but has doubts over Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale's participation due to injury and illness respectively.

"Cristiano finished the game well and he needs to play games. Tomorrow he will start.

"We have doubts over Karim, who got a knock on his knee and also Pepe. I will change the team a little, but not a lot because the game against Osasuna is very important.

"Bale is still a little weak and we will take a decision over him tomorrow."

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