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Ancelotti 'very relaxed' about his future

Carlo Ancelotti says he is sure he will remain Real Madrid coach whether his side win or lose Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti expects to be in charge next season regardless of Saturday's result.
Carlo Ancelotti expects to be in charge next season regardless of Saturday's result.

Rigg: Ronaldo injury worry

Ancelotti's future at the Bernabeu appeared assured after April's Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona was followed by a 4-0 hammering of Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal second leg.

However, Madrid subsequently suffered a loss of form in La Liga, allowing Atletico to win the title despite taking just two points from their last three games, and questions are now being raised as to whether the Italian would lose his job if Real fail to beat their neighbours in Lisbon.

Asked if he feared he could be dismissed, though, Ancelotti said: "My future is very clear, regardless of what happens in this final. I am happy to continue here -- with or without La Decima [Madrid's 10th European Cup].

"For me I am very proud to be playing this game, this final with Real Madrid. I am very happy. There is no pressure at this moment, I am just happy to be protagonist in this moment. We are playing the final -- many other teams are watching it on TV. We will have to see what happens, but I am very happy and very relaxed."

Ancelotti was also relaxed when asked about Madrid's potentially serious injury problems ahead of the club's biggest game in 12 years, saying he was still hopeful of having an almost fully fit squad to choose from.

He did, however, admit to concerns over the fitness of striker Karim Benzema, who limped out of Saturday's 3-1 win over Espanyol with an abductor muscle problem, and centre-back Pepe, who has not played since picking up a calf muscle issue in the 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid on May 7.

He said: "We have to be realistic -- at this moment, they cannot play [but] we have four days. We will take the decision at the end. They are the only doubts we have for this game."

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, meanwhile, were both unable to play a full role in Tuesday's training session but told reporters they were confident they would be available for the weekend and Ancelotti insisted: "The two are going to play."

Atletico have significant injury concerns of their own, with Diego Costa almost certain to miss out with a hamstring tear and Arda Turan also a doubt with hip and groin problems.

Ancelotti, though, said Diego Simeone's side could cope without the duo despite their quality.

"They are two very important players," he said. "This team has played fantastic games this season without Costa and without Arda. It will not change the strength of this team.

"I congratulate Simeone and the players for winning La Liga. They are strong as a team, not as individuals. There are no secrets for this game. As in all finals, it will be very balanced, a very even game. We know very well we are playing a very solid team who work together very well. I imagine it like that -- very difficult for us. To win we will need to be very strong and to work together."

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