Carlo Ancelotti has again insisted his Paris Saint-Germain future will be decided at the end of the season but hinted that David Beckham could be offered a new contract.
The 53-year-old has been continually quizzed over the identity of his whereabouts next term, with Real Madrid being put forward as his likeliest destination, but so far has refused to comment on any speculation involving his next move.
And speaking ahead of Sunday's match against Olympique Lyonnais, the coach maintained his coy stance, before putting to bed a rumor suggesting he had held talks with Manchester United about replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
"About my future, there is no news. The season is not over yet. There are lots of rumors, but the club and I have agreed to speak at the end of the season. The appointment has been scheduled before next week," said Ancelotti. "That's absolutely not true [in response to claims that he was contacted by Manchester United]. [Sir Alex] Ferguson made a good choice with [David] Moyes. He has done a great job at Everton."
Reports over the weekend claimed that PSG was ready to offer David Beckham a one-year extension to his current contract, and though Ancelotti appeared to be open to the idea, he was less certain over the prospect of bringing AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy to the club.
"I think [Beckham] will stay. He is an example to others and always displays a good attitude. He is very professional. He has showed a lot of concentration and quality," he added. "[Regarding El Shaarawy], that's a difficult question to answer. We have not yet talked about the summer market. He is a very good player, though, but AC Milan have invested heavily in him. He is not on our agenda at the moment."
Les Parisiens can wrap up the Ligue 1 title with victory over Lyon on Sunday, and the former Chelsea boss admits the title race in France has "excited" him, while he is hopeful that Leonardo will not be sanctioned for his push on a match referee.
"To win a title in France is very exciting. It's exactly the same as any other trophy. I want to celebrate it with everyone. It is deserved," Ancelotti continued. "Leonardo did not push the referee [against Valenciennes last weekend]. He is experienced and knows his soccer. I hope nothing will happen to him."
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