After signing a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid last week, Carlo Ancelotti expressed his desire to stay with the Spanish team into 2026.
The 64-year-old has been managing Real Madrid since 2021; his previous contract was set to expire at the end of June. He had previously coached the team from 2013 to 2015.
In addition to two Champions League medals and two Club World Cups, he has won one league championship with Real.
“My contract was up on June 30. The club has decided to do it now because they’re happy with our work,” Ancelotti told reporters on Tuesday ahead of a home game against Mallorca.
“I don’t know if it will be my last spell as a coach. I don’t know what will happen once I finish here. I might still be here in 2026, depending on how successful I am.
“I’d like to be Madrid coach until 2026, and hopefully I can continue to be here in 2027 and 2028 because I want to stay here.”
Ancelotti was connected to a move to the Brazilian national team before signing the agreement; ex-president of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, had stated that Ancelotti was the favored choice.
But according to Ancelotti, his top priority has always been to remain at Real.
“I was proud (to be considered), but it was all dependent on my situation with Real Madrid and that it was all clear,” he added.
“Ednaldo is not the president right now and everything has gone the way I wanted because I’m able to stay here. Thinking about being the Brazil coach was exciting, but I don’t know if they will want me in 2026.
“I don’t know if they will be happy with this decision.”
After 18 games, Real leads Girona in La Liga based on goal differential.