Carlo Ancelotti has distanced himself from the vacant Manchester United job and insisted he is happy to be working with Real Madrid.
The Italian was considered a strong candidate for the role given his wealth of experience in Italy, Spain and England but he has no desire to leave the Spanish capital just yet.
“I’m very happy at Real Madrid at the moment and I’m privileged to work for the biggest club in the world,” he said.
“I have a lot of respect for United and I didn’t like what happened to Moyes, but my place is here.”
Jose Mourinho also declared himself out of the running for the Manchester United job, despite the fact he would have bitten the arm of the Glazers if he was offered it last summer.
“Of course not, I don’t know how somebody can think about it,” he said.
“I left Real Madrid to come specifically to Chelsea. I signed a four-year contract. I told Chelsea they never have to worry about me because I never want to leave.
“So I’m here as long as they want me to stay. No job would move me from Chelsea.”
That means that Mourinho, Ancelotti and Klopp have verbally ruled themselves out of contention for the Manchester United job but it leaves the path wide open for bookies favourite Louis van Gaal to take up the position.