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Leonardo: Real Madrid keen on Ancelotti

PSG sporting director Leonardo says Real Madrid are interested in luring coach Carlo Ancelotti to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ancelotti arrived at the Ligue 1 outfit in December 2011 and has guided the club to a 10-point lead at the top of the table after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Troyes.

Speaking to TF1, Leonardo claimed Real are looking to replace boss Jose Mourinho and this could leave the door open for a move for both Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese coach.

“The idea is to continue with him (Ancelotti),” the former AC Milan midfielder said.

“Real Madrid are interested in him, and that was the case long before today. The transfer window is curious. But Carlo is very important to us.

“Even he (Ronaldo) does not know what will happen,” the 43-year-old Brazilian replied when asked about Ronaldo’s plans.

“His future depends on the emotions and the emotions change from one week to another. Sincerely, today we know nothing.

“In football, things change every minute. I also think (Mourinho) still has not decided on his future.”

Leonardo acknowledged David Beckham’s impact at the club, declaring that the English midfielder is welcome to stay beyond the end of the season.

“It’s up to David to decide if he wants to stay or not,” he said.

“It is a privilege to have him here. We will try but it is up to him (to choose). He has his life, but the door is open for him to stay at PSG. If he wants to continue, we will continue. The ball is in his court.”

Sun 14 April, 2013
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