'My dream is to coach Italy,' admits Madrid boss Ancelotti

The Real Madrid coach says it is his “dream” to take charge of the national team and lead them to a world crown before he ends his career

Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of his desire to coach the Italy national team, targeting a World Cup win with the Azzurri.

The 55-year-old has won a whole host of domestic and world titles during his time in charge of Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

However, the current Real boss says he retains a long-held ambition to take charge of his country.

“My dream is to coach the Italian national team,” Ancelotti said at a conference at a university. “And I hope in the future to realise it, because I’d like to win a World Cup with Italy.”

Ancelotti’s Madrid side are the reigning European and world champions and currently sit top of La Liga with a four-point lead over Barcelona.

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Sergio Ramos: Forget Mourinho, Ancelotti's the best

The defender rates his current boss as one of the finest he’s worked with after revealing the quality of his man-management skills

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he rates current coach Carlo Ancelotti better than Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello and Vicente del Bosque.

The Spain international has worked under some of the finest coaches in the modern game for club and country during his career so far, but says his current boss is among the very best.

The Italian won the Champions League and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge at the Bernabeu last term and Ramos revealed his personal touch sets him apart from his peers. 

“He notices how a player settles in, whether he makes an effort to open up to his team-mates or not,” the Spain international told Fifa.com.

“He’s a coach who takes you aside, talks to you and makes everything as smooth as possible, both on a professional and personal level.

“That’s the key to success, which is why he’s a truly great coach. In my view, he’s one of the two best I’ve had in my whole career.

“It’s hard to choose the other. There’s former Spain coach Luis Aragones, then you have former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros, who really believed in me when I was a nobody.”

Ramos went on to reveal he never expected Spain’s complete domination of international football to last forever, but has challenged anyone to match their “extraordinary” achievements.

Spain shed their tag of perennial underachievers when they claimed two European Championship crowns and the World Cup between 2008 and 2012. But their unprecedented period of success ended abruptly last year when they were dumped out of World Cup 2014 in the group stage.

“We were able to enjoy a unique period and an extraordinary generation of footballers,” Ramos added.

“We were crowned world champions and were twice European champions. Let’s see if anyone else can match that.

“But football’s a game and sooner or later the day that we would lose, that we’d get knocked out [of a major tournament], had to come.”

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Khedira to return to Madrid training

The Germany international has been given permission to return to training next week after a three week spell on the sidelines with a muscle injury

Real Madrid have received a boost with news that Sami Khedira has been cleared to return to training next week.

The Germany international has been out of action since picking up a muscle injury against Atletico Madrid 19 days ago, forcing him out of Madrid’s Liga clashes with Deportivo and Elche, and their Champions League first-leg tie with Schalke.

“Finally! The doctors have cleared me for team practice next week,” he said via social media.

The 27-year-old has already missed 18 Madrid matches this season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer.

His contract is set to expire in June, meaning he is now free to talk to any potential suitors ahead of what would be a free transfer for the World Cup-winner.

Khedira has expressed a desire to sign a new deal with Real Madrid but Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are all reported to be interested in his services.

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Sergio Ramos: Ancelotti one of the best coaches

The Real Madrid defender rates his current boss as one of the finest he’s work with, insisting the Italian’s skills of man-management set him apart from many of his contemporaries

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he rates current coach Carlo Ancelotti as one of the very best he has had.

The Spain international has worked under some of the finest coaches the game has seen in recent memory, including Vicente Del Bosque, Fabio Capello and Joes Mourinho.

But Ramos says Ancelotti rates up there with the very best, insisting his man-mangement is what sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.

“He notices how a player settles in, whether he makes an effort to open up to his team-mates or not,” Ramos told Fifa.com.

“He’s a coach who takes you aside, talks to you and makes everything as smooth as possible, both on a professional and personal level.

“That’s the key to success, which is why he’s a truly great coach. In my view, he’s one of the two best I’ve had in my whole career.

“It’s hard to choose the other. There’s former Spain coach Luis Aragones, then you have former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros, who really believed in me when I was a nobody.”

Ramos went on to reveal he never expected Spain’s complete domination of international football to last forever, but has challenged anyone to match their “extraordinary” achievements.

Spain shed their tag of perineal underachievers when they claimed two European Championships crowns and the World Cup title between 2008 and 2012 – though their unprecedented period of success ended abruptly last year when they were dumped out of World Cup 2014 in the group stage.

“We were able to enjoy a unique period and an extraordinary generation of footballers.

“We were crowned world champions and were twice European champions. Let’s see if anyone else can match that.

“But football’s a game and sooner or later the day that we would lose, that we’d get knocked out [of a major tournament], had to come.”

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Schalke's doors are open for Khedira, says Di Matteo

The Real Madrid midfielder’s future remains the subject of speculation and the former Chelsea boss admits he is an admirer of his ability

Roberto Di Matteo says Schalke’s doors are open to Sami Khedira if the Real Madrid man wishes to join the club.

Khedira, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been the subject of speculation for much of the campaign, with Luka Modric, Isco, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos all ahead of him in the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu.

Reports emerged this week to suggest Schalke had firmly entered the race to sign the Germany international and Di Matteo admits he is a big fan of the 27-year-old.

“Everyone knows he is a great player. If he wants to come, the doors are open,” he told reporters.

“Khedira is a world-class footballer.”

Earlier this week, Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt refused to be drawn in to the speculation but admitted he is exploring potential options for the summer.

“I read that we are interested in Sami, but I never get into the speculation game,” said Heldt.

“There are many interesting players in the market.”

Schalke face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this weekend.

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