The Qatari owners of French football club Paris St Germain have turned down the request of manager Carlo Ancelotti to leave the side to join Real Madrid.
Italian Ancelotti, who this season guided to the team to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994, reportedly met with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo on Sunday, where he asked to be released from his contract.
Real Madrid’s own manager, the Portuguese Jose Mourinho, has been linked with a move to English Premier League side Chelsea.
"Yes, we had discussions, [Ancelotti] asked to depart for Real Madrid," Al Khelaifi told beinsport.fr. "I said it is not possible because he has a contract for one year more, so that is our decision.”
"It is his problem, it is not our problem. We have offered him another year more on his contract as well as the one he has. When you have a contract, everyone is normally obliged to honour that," he added.
Since taking the reins at the Parisian club in late 2011, Ancelotti has spent big on star players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore.
Qatar Sports Investment, a division of the gas-rich Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund, acquired Paris St Germain between 2011 and 2012 for approximately $130m from US private equity firm Colony Capital.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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