Carlo Ancelotti wants to return to work in the Premier League and will be ready to return to work in January.
The Italian coach has been taking a break from management since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season. The 56-year-old has since recovered from a scheduled back operation and was linked with the Liverpool job before Jurgen Klopp was appointed last week.
Ancelotti admits he would like to return to work in England, where he guided Chelsea to the Double during his first season in charge in 2009-10.
He told Corriere dello Sport: “I’d like to go back to the Premier League. It is the ideal environment not for football, but for the ‘game’ around football.
“You can work with the right amount of pressure, the necessary detachment and calm. Before I quit, I’d like to have another experience in England.
“In a while I must start to think about retirement, let’s say in five or six years. When I started out at Reggiana, I’d promised myself to work five or six years and that would be it. That was 25 years ago and I’m still going.”
Despite being sounded out by Liverpool before Brendan Rodgers was sacked, Ancelotti insists he will continue his break from the game until after Christmas.
He said: “The vacation will continue at least until the end of the year. Then I’ll start again.
“Where will I go? Where they call me. I will talk, evaluate and decide. Up until a few weeks ago I was scared someone would call, but now I feel like I’m getting closer to that comeback.
“At least that is the plan, unless something strange happens. I am ready to get the engine back up and running in January.”