Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he was forced to turn down a chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as he had already made up his mind to join Real Madrid in 2013. The Scot stepped down from his post at Old Trafford after helping the Red Devils win the 20th league title.
Ancelotti was at Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the 2012/13 season and Ferguson went to the French capital to hold a discussion with the former Chelsea and AC Milan manager. Even before United's legendary manager approached him, he had held talks with the Spanish capital club.
"A nice lunch [with Ferguson in Paris]. Alex chose the wine, really expensive," Ancelotti told The Times.
"I had already spoken to Real Madrid. For the experience, a manager has to go to Madrid. If it hadn't been for that, I would have come, 100 per cent."
United went on to appoint David Moyes as Ferguson's successor and the former was sacked just 10 months into his six-year contract. He was replaced by Louis van Gaal and the Dutchman's future at Old Trafford remains uncertain, despite having a year left with the 20-time English champions.
Ancelotti was sacked a year later after helping Real win the La Decima. He was without a club for the 2015/16 season and has now agreed to join Bayern Munich in the summer, replacing Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard will take over the Manchester City job, replacing Manuel Pellegrini. Ancelotti, who was also sacked at Chelsea, believes the ex-Barcelona boss will join the sacked club of managers.
"There is no manager in their career that is not sacked. Ferguson was sacked, Lippi sacked, Capello sacked, Mourinho sacked, Benítez. The only one not sacked is Guardiola, but he's still really young. He has plenty of time. One day he will come into our club, the Sack Club," he stressed.