Butragueno coy on Ancelotti’s future

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May 18, 2015 13:32:03 UK

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno refused to discuss coach Carlo Ancelotti’s future after rivals Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions.

A 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon on Sunday secured Luis Enrique’s side a 23rd Spanish title, even though Los Blancos hammered Espanyol 4-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

“Now is not the time or the place to say. This was one game, and from there we’ll see.”

Emilio Butragueno

Barca have a four-point lead over their Spanish capital rivals so cannot be caught and it meant a miserable end to a week to forget for Ancelotti.

His side were denied the chance to become the first club to defend the Champions League when they were knocked out by Juventus in the semi-finals and they could only draw 2-2 against Valencia last Saturday.

After the win at Power8 Stadium, club official Butragueno refused to speculate on Ancelotti’s position, saying: “Now is not the time or the place to say. This was one game, and from there we’ll see.”

The experienced Italian, a three-time Champions League-winning coach, signed a three-year deal to replace Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2013 and guided the club to a 10th European trophy last season, but has so far failed to deliver the La Liga title.

He told reporters: “Congratulations to Barcelona. We achieved our aim of getting a result [on Sunday] – that was our obligation.

“We compete to win and when we don’t, we are not happy. This week we deserved to beat Valencia and Juventus, but had no luck. We made a great effort but couldn’t achieve our objectives.”

Real Madrid finish the La Liga season at home to Getafe next Saturday and are currently priced 1.12 in the match betting. The draw outcome is quoted 8.00 and Getafe are available to back at 19.00.

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