Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out managing Internazionale, but the Chelsea boss has admitted he would not turn down the chance to return to Milan.
Ancelotti had a glorious career as a player and manager with Milan – guiding the Rossoneri to Champions League success in 2003 and 2007.
He joined Chelsea in 2009 and led them to Premier League and FA Cup success last term, but this season, after a dip in form, has been linked with a return to Italy.
“Would I go to Inter in place of Leonardo? No,” Ancelotti told Il Giorno. “I’ve spent 13 years at Milan, for me it is impossible to ignore the past.
“Moratti [Inter president, Massimo] has been thinking about me? I thank him for the kind words but I’m an AC Milan man. In the event that Moratti calls me in the future, I’ll politely decline the invitation.”
The Italian insists he is focused on his role with Chelsea, but admits that Milan hold a place in his heart.
“I am not thinking about returning to AC Milan,” he said. “I’m at Chelsea. But if one day [club chief Silvio] Berlusconi or someone from AC Milan calls, I would not think for a moment to say yes, because certain relationships and certain victories will never be forgotten.”