Massimo Cellino claims Carlo Ancelotti called him about becoming Leeds boss

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

Massimo Cellino claims Carlo Ancelotti would manage Leeds if they were in the Premier League.

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has told The Telegraph that Carlo Ancelotti would want to manage the club - if they win promotion back to the Premier League.

The Whites have gone through a host of managers since 59-year-old Cellino took the reins at Elland Road in 2014, and there is still no clear indication about who will manage the club next season either.

Steve Evans is out of contract this summer, and there is now a belief that he will go the same way as Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler - out of the Elland Road exit door.

Fans have started to wonder who Cellino could move for next, and the Italian has incredibly been speaking about a conversation with world-class manager Carlo Ancelotti, where there was a suggestion about him heading to Leeds one day.

Ancelotti, 56, has won three Champions League titles - two with AC Milan, one with Real Madrid - in a storied management career, which has seen him take charge of Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, whilst he will also become Bayern Munich manager this summer.

One of the top managers in world football, Ancelotti has an incredible, worldwide reputation - but Cellino has suggested that he would have interest in taking over at Elland Road one day.

Cellino has told The Telegraph that he received a phone call from his fellow Italian Ancelotti, who said that if Leeds return to the Premier League under Cellino's reign, he would want to become Leeds manager as he wants another shot at English football, having lasted just two years at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011.

"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," said Cellino.

Ultimately though, promotion to the Premier League seems a long way away for Leeds right now, and Ancelotti is certainly little more than a pipe dream for Cellino and Leeds. Expectations must be far more realistic this summer, where Leeds are expected to appoint a new manager. Yet Cellino, in the face of intense criticism from disgruntled Leeds fans, appears to maintain that he has big plans for the club moving forward, hence his comments about Ancelotti and a future in the top flight.

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