‘Carlo would have continued at Madrid despite surgery’ – Ancelotti’s wife

The Italian coach will need to “recharge his batteries” after back surgery but could have remained in control of the Blancos

'Carlo would have continued at Madrid despite surgery' - Ancelotti's wife

Carlo Ancelotti’s wife, Mariann, has admitted that her husband would have remained at Real Madrid had the club not decided to sack him on Monday – despite the coach’s insistence that he has to take a one-year sabbatical for medical reasons.

The Italian coach penned a three-year contract when he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a stellar debut season in Spain, winning the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

But despite lifting the Club World Cup last December, Ancelotti was dismissed after Madrid finished second in La Liga, having failed to defend their European crown.

Ancelotti subsequently revealed that he required surgery on a longstanding back problem and would thus be taking a year out of the game.

The 55-year-old’s wife, though, has now claimed that the former AC Milan boss would have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu were his services still required.

“If Real had wanted, Carlo would have continued,” Mariann told Vanity Fair. “But it did not happen and Carlo wants to recharge his batteries here in Madrid before making a decision about which club will be his next.

“We wanted to take advantage of the possibility to get to know places in Spain that we have not been able to visit up to now – museums, restaurants etc.

“In addition, we are going to have a new member of our family shortly and we look forward to the arrival of Alessandro, our daughter Katia’s son.

“Additionally, the people of Madrid are incredible. They have supported us a lot and they have transmitted their respect to us and the enormous appreciation that they have for Carlo.

“We are very grateful to the people for their affection and loyalty.”

Ancelotti, who is being openly pursued by Milan, will go under the knife in Canada this summer.

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