Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has claimed that former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti would be prepared to manage his club, according to Sky Sports.
Cellino said that Ancelotti would be more than happy to take over as manager of Leeds, once the club have won promotion back into the Premier League.
Leeds were relegated from the top flight in 2004 and have since dropped down into League One and returned to the Championship. Steve Evans is the current Head Coach of the team but Leeds sit 12th in the table, 15 points away from the play-off places.
Cellino has been talking to Ancelotti about managing the club once they are promoted. The Leeds owner said: “I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds. Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’
“You want to play football – come with me to Leeds. [Jose] Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?
“Ancelotti called me. ‘Massimo, bring the club into the Premier League and I come to you because the only place I miss and want to go back to is England.’
“For me, a good coach still has to show he’s a good coach. Come here and show me.”
Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid in May 2015, has agreed a contract with Bayern Munich to become their next boss when Pep Guardiola leaves at the end of the season.
If Ancelotti does one day return to English football, Cellino has opened the door for the Italian to manage Leeds United. However with the number of protests against Cellino increasing, the controversial owner may not be at the club long enough to hire the five-time Champions League winner.