Carlo Ancelotti has said speculation he is ready to take a job in China is “a joke” as he is focussing on Champions League glory with Bayern Munich.
Former Bayern winger Mario Basler told Sport1 he had heard from a “very trustworthy source” that the 58-year-old had a pre-contract agreement in place to join a Chinese Super League.
“A few days ago, I heard that Carlo Ancelotti has already signed a contract for a club abroad starting in the winter,” Basler said. “Apparently he’s already signed a pre-contract at the place where the most money is — in China.”
He added: “It might not be true but this is what I’ve been told.”
“I am supposed to be here to speak about serious things. This is a joke,” he said. “You have to ask Basler if he is so convinced. I think it is a joke. You know the problem is few people understand it’s a joke — a lot of people have taken it seriously.”
“There’s lots of competitive teams, not just Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern,” he said. “Manchester United weren’t there last year and you also have Liverpool and Chelsea. It will be a more complicated competition for everyone to win. But Real have won the last two seasons so they have to be favourite.”
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