Carlo Ancelotti has quit as coach of AC Milan, seemingly paving the way for him to take over at Premier League club Chelsea.
Ancelotti announced his decision on Sunday after Milan beat Fiorentina 2-0 in the last game of the season to finish second in Serie A and secure a spot in next season's Champions League.
“Myself and the club have decided to interrupt my contract that ends in 2010,” Ancelotti said. “I'm finishing now. I'm saying goodbye to this great adventure and I want to thank everyone. “Our roads are parting.” Ancelotti has been widely tipped to take over at Chelsea next season, with Guus Hiddink having left the club following Saturday's FA Cup title after a stint as caretaking manager. Ancelotti said he could not reveal his plans for the future. “I'm not in a position to discuss my future as I haven't reached any accord with any club,” he said. “Nothing has been secured in London.”
Ancelotti said he talked to Milan vice president Adriano Galliani “some time ago” about leaving.
“But the decision was only made at the end of the season,” he said.
Ancelotti joined Milan in 2001 and has won two Champions League titles and one Serie A championship.
Ramos unsure of future
Madrid: Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos has received several offers of work elsewhere but still does not know whether he will stay on at the Primera Liga club when his contract expires at the end of June. “I don't know if I am leaving. Until now nobody has told me I am leaving.
“I am coach of Real Madrid until June 30,” Ramos said in an interview with sports daily Marca ahead of the likely appointment of Florentino Perez as president on Monday.
“The feeling is that the new management team are coming, logically, with their people and their team, it's understandable,” Ramos added.
“I have already received several offers of work even though I prefer to wait until my contract with Real is up before I choose where I am going to work, if indeed I am going to work.”
Henry out of friendlies
PARIS: Barcelona striker Thierry Henry is out of France’s home June 2 friendly against Nigeria and another friendly against Turkey three days later with a knee injury, France sources said on Sunday.