Ancelotti turns down AC Milan job: I need some rest

The Rossoneri have revealed that the ex-Real Madrid coach has decided against replacing Filippo Inzaghi at the helm at San Siro

Carlo Ancelotti has turned down the chance to return to AC Milan as coach, reiterating that he needs to take a break from the game.

The 55-year-old had revealed after being sacked by Real Madrid last week that he would be taking an 12-month sabbatical to recover from a back operation he will undergo in Canada this summer.

However, Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi nonetheless sent club CEO Adriano Galliani to Madrid for a series of meetings with Ancelotti, who spent eight seasons at the Giuseppe Meazza between 2001 and 2009.

Ancelotti admitted after the talks that the chances of him rejoining the Rossoneri were “50-50” but the former Italy international turned the job down on Tuesday.

Thanks to @acmilan for their support interest. It was hard to say no to such beloved club to me but I need some rest. I wish them the best

— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) June 2, 2015

The Rossoneri also confirmed the news on their official website: “Carlo Ancelotti has informed Milan that he will not be able to become the coach of the first-team squad for next season.”

Despite Ancelotti’s rejection, Milan are still expected to part company with current boss Filippo Inzaghi, who could only manage to lead the San Siro side to a 10th-placed finish in his first season in charge.

Indeed, Parma coach and former Rossoneri midfielder Roberto Donadoni is believed to be Berlusconi’s second choice to take the reins.

Milan have also been linked with Sevilla trainer Unai Emery, Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has just parted company with Sampdoria, Italy boss Antonio Conte and Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella.

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