Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in a press conference that he will continue at the Spanish club for one more season.
Italy-hailed met the club president Florentino Perez yesterday (19 May) where the club and its staff showed their full support for the manager.
"[Perez and I] spoke yesterday," Ancelotti confirmed in a news conference on Saturday ahead of Madrid's La Liga game at Valencia. "We had a meeting, and he showed me his support. We talked about Wednesday's game [against City], we talked about the season we've had and the two seasons that we've had. We move forward, with the same desire to do things well."
"The whole world knows I have a contract until June 2024 and I want to fulfil it. Everyone knows it."
When asked if the club had guaranteed that he would remain in charge next season, Ancelotti replied: "Yes."
Ancelotti also talked about Madrid’s current season, while the Italian believed that it has been a good season he also said he is not satisfied with Madrid’s league campaign.
"This has been a good season in my opinion. Of course, it could have been better. We are not satisfied with our La Liga campaign," he added.
Madrid’s 4-0 defeat against Man City made many people believe that it is time to move on from veterans like Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal, however, Ancelotti believes that transition started even before he arrived.
"The transition won't start next season. The transition had already started even before I arrived," Ancelotti said. "This squad, which has done great things, started to lose pieces when Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2018. When I arrived that transition continued, losing [Raphael] Varane, [Sergio] Ramos, Marcelo, [Gareth Bale], Isco... All players who've been replaced by youngsters of extraordinary quality.”
The 63-year-old also defended his striker Benzema who has been in poor form as the striker only scored four goals in the entire Champions League campaign.
"Doubting Karim Benzema doesn't make sense," Ancelotti said. "A player of that level can have a bad game, but it wasn't him alone. Karim is still a very important player, a legend at this club. On Wednesday the team didn't get it right, not just Karim."