Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he was not approached by Liverpool prior to the Merseysiders’ appointment of Jurgen Klopp.
The 56-year-old Italian coach was linked with the Anfield hot-seat in the immediate aftermath of Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal last month and Harry Redknapp claimed Ancelotti had snubbed a potential move to the club, but it was soon evident that former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp was Liverpool’s top target.
Ancelotti, who has admitted he would have “no problem” with a return to Chelsea despite his acrimonious departure in May 2011, says he is open to a return to England.
“I would like to come back to work in England,”Ancelotti told the Daily Mail. “I love the football here, I still have a house in London, and I would like to be with a team that is competitive in England and in Europe.
“I think Liverpool are a good team…I think they can be really competitive. But I did not speak with them. If I spoke with them I can say ‘yes’ but no, I did not.”
Ancelotti led Chelsea to a league and FA Cup double in 2010 but left the club a year later after he was reportedly given the axe in the corridors at Goodison Park after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat over four years ago.
“I would have no problem with Chelsea,” he added. “But Jose won’t be sacked. They already chose to keep him, and I think they made a good choice.”
Ancelotti is out of work after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season and turning down an approach from former club AC Milan.