Paris Saint-Germain v Brest: Preview
Paris St Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to debate the possibility of his summer departure to Real Madrid today and insisted there has been no contact with the Spanish club.
Talks over his future with PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi are set to take place on Sunday.
Ancelotti today stressed he was planning to be with the Ligue 1 champions next season, but all that could change should Jose Mourinho's widely anticipated exit from the Bernabeu be confirmed.
PSG have already knocked back an expression of interest in Ancelotti from Madrid, but should the Italian announce he wishes to swap one capital city for another it could force the move.
Asked today whether he was honoured by Madrid's attempt to prise him away from the Parc des Princes, Ancelotti said: ``I am honoured of the job I have done here. A manager in general has big responsibility. When you achieve a result you have to be honoured.
``Why do you speak about Real Madrid? I've never spoken with Madrid. Yes, I'm planning (for next season at PSG). We start the season in the first week of July.
``This week has been dedicated to the celebrations. I haven't reflected on my future. When am I going to announce my decision? I don't know.
``I think we did a good job this season. I think there is only one thing we were not good in which was the Coupe de France where we had a defeat in the quarter-finals.''
Ancelotti confirmed David Beckham will play against Brest tomorrow in what will be the former England captain's farewell home match in his short PSG spell before retirement.
He is due to bow out of a 20-year playing career after the final game of the season at Lorient.
``He will play tomorrow. Against Lorient I don't know yet,'' Ancelotti said.
``If he thinks it was the right moment to stop we have to respect this. Not just PSG but the football world has lost a fantastic player and a fantastic professional and a good man, but he has taken the right decision because he decided to stop and not other people.''
Jeremy Menez is also in line to face Brest despite being hit with a four-match ban for using insulting language to referee Tony Chapron in PSG's recent win against Nice. His suspension starts on Monday, ruling him out of the Lorient trip.
Brest boss Corentin Martins reported he had up to 16 players unavailable for various reasons, making the already-relegated team's task almost an impossible one.
``It's going to be very difficult to field a defence,'' he said. ``We will have a defence, but there won't be many defenders in it.
``However I have confidence in those who will be on the pitch. The objective is to not finish the season being made to look ridiculous.
``We know Paris want to have a celebration, and I hope they will wait until the end of the match.''