Speculation has been steadily mounting over the future of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has quashed rumours of a summer exit by admitting to reporters that he is already planning next a pre-season campaign, Spanish publication AS report.
The Italian boss has become the subject of much paper speculation in recent weeks as Los Blancos endure a defining moment in their season.
Following their embarrassing Copa Del Rey exit at the hands of rivals Atletico Madrid, their La Liga and Champions League hopes remain in the balance with some tricky fixtures ahead.
In all honestly, after winning 22 games in all competitions and thus setting a Spanish record, their 2015 form hasn’t been good enough and questions were always likely to be asked.
And following Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp’s admission that this will be his last season in his current post, the Mirror, among other papers, have identified the German as a possible Ancelotti successor this summer.
However, the former AC Milan boss has made his thoughts clear on the issue by telling reporters that he has no intention of leaving Madrid and is already looking ahead to next season.
"I have another year to run and that’s enough time to see whether I will renew my contract or not. I’m not in any hurry; if the club hasn’t called me yet, they might call me to discuss it in September, or maybe not call at all,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish paper AS.
“I am not going to request a contract extension. Coaches depend on the results they attain and anything could happen. I am already planning the pre-season".
Madrid’s season hangs in the balance as they currently occupy second place in La Liga ahead of their weekend encounter with Malaga, two points behind rivals Barcelona.
Moreover, the Champions League remains their only other chance of silverware this season, though a 0-0 first-leg draw at Atletico Madrid at the quarter-final stage leaves them in a precarious position ahead of the return leg next week.