Carlo Ancelotti was considered a strong candidate for the Manchester United job following the sacking of David Moyes and according to El Confidencial, the Italian rejected an €18 million a year offer in order to remain at Real Madrid.
They suggest Ancelotti was Manchester United’s first choice ahead of Louis van Gaal and it’s an offer that would have made him the highest paid manager in football, exceeding the €17 million a year that Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola earns.
El Confidencial suggest Ancelotti’s desire to stay is because he feels Real Madrid are ‘the best team in the world’ and he wants to remain in charge for at least three to four years.
It would be some show of loyalty by Ancelotti to reject a phenomenal offer like that and El Confidencial go on to say this is the second time Ancelotti has turned down United as Ferguson also wanted him to join last summer.
As it stands, Van Gaal is expected to be named manager within the next 24 hours but had Real Madrid been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, the current situation at Manchester United may have been entirely different.