Real Madrid are to decide the future of Carlo Ancelotti this week, but the Italian isn't in any rush to accept other jobs, if he leaves the Bernabeu.
The future of Carlo Ancelotti still hangs in the balance, with contrasting reports in Spain believing that he'll either be sacked by Real Madrid this week, or remain at the helm, amidst suggestions that club president Florentino Perez, isn't particularly keen on any of the alternative candidates.
Importantly for the Italian, he also has the firm backing of his players, including superstar support from Cristiano Ronaldo, which could yet prove decisive in any decision made by the Real Madrid supremo, who won't want to upset leading stars who are already unsettled.
Amongst the uncertainty at the Bernabeu right now, the name of West Ham United has somehow managed to become attached, with reports that one candidate to replace Ancelotti has rejected The Hammers, whilst the Italian himself has also been spectacularly linked.
According to The Telegraph, the prospect of West Ham launching an ambitious approach for Ancelotti has emerged, should he be given the push by Real Madrid this week, as they seek to put the club firmly on the European football map, whilst settling in at the Olympic Stadium.
However, the reality of any approach being successful is somewhat different, following comments by Ancelotti himself, to Italian newspaper Il Giornale.
Ancelotti has also been strongly tipped for a return to AC Milan, having suggested on numerous occasions, that they are the only club he would ever return to for a second managerial tenure.
Questioned by Il Giornale if he would return there this summer, Ancelotti explained: "If I'm sacked, I'll stop for a year and for a serious reason. I need to have a neck operation because of a problem which causes tingling in my hands. So, I don't know how long I'll be physically out of action."
the 55-year-old former Chelsea and PSG boss also revealed he would spend time in Canada, where surgery and treatment for his ailment would take place, and his current home in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
Clearly the suggestion there from Ancelotti, is that if he is backed by Florentino Perez to remain at Real Madrid, that surgery will be delayed. But if he is to leave the Bernabeu, time off will be taken to resolve a long standing physical condition, which has caused him problems.
As such, even the lure of a return to one of his fondest clubs, AC Milan, would likely be rejected and thus, so would any approach from West Ham, no matter how tempting a project joint chairmen Sullivan and Gold present.
There have been no shortage of candidates linked with the West Ham job, which is now vacant following the confirmed departure of Sam Allardyce. Evidently, whilst looking for a leading name, the club will have to move very carefully, to ensure they make the right choice.