Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out an immediate return to the Premier League despite the fact he is now a free agent after being sacked from his position as manager of Real Madrid on Monday night.
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The Italian coach was given his marching orders by president Florentino Perez after failing to deliver a trophy at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, just a year on from leading the club to a 10th Champions League title.
Failure to defend their European title or win La Liga has ultimately cost Ancelotti his job and has already been linked with the managerial posts at Liverpool, Manchester City and even West Ham.
However, Mirror Online have released quotes from an interview with Ancelotti to an Italian publication Il Giornale in which the former Chelsea boss insists that he will be taking a sabbatical from the game for at least a year to undergo immediate emergency surgery.
“I can assure you that I have not lacked opportunities, from Italy, England and Germany.” He said.
“But I said it in the press conference and I repeat: I will stop for a year, also because I have a very serious reason for stopping.”
“I have to have an operation because of my cervical stenosis. For some time, it has been affecting my hands and if I lose any more time, it could pass into legs, so I have an appointment for surgery.” Ancelotti revealed.