Madrid coach denies there was interference from his chairman.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has denied that any of his squads, whether it be for European or domestic competition, has ever been influenced by the whims and insistence of his clubs owners, according to Sports Direct News.
Ancelotti joined Real Madrid over the summer, replacing Jose Mourinho who went back to Chelsea, and he arrived at the club with the esteemed title of Ligue 1 winner off the back of an impressive season with Paris Saint Germain.
The Italian has also spent time in charge of both AC Milan and Chelsea, who were and are owned by Silvio Burlusconi and Roman Abramovic respectively – both of whom have been credited as difficult men to work for by several sources.
Speaking to Spanish publication Marca, Ancelotti said: “I’ve worked with owners who became fans because they bought the club, like Abramovich at Chelsea and Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] at PSG.
“But Florentino [Perez, Madrid president] and Berlusconi are different. They were always fans of their clubs.
“You have to answer to them, but the coach makes the decisions. Not one said: ‘pick this player’.”
Ancelotti was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2010-11 season, just a year after recording the only league and FA Cup double in the club’s history.
Madrid are currently in third place in the La Liga table, six points behind leaders Barcelona.