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May 28, 2014

Perez: Ancelotti turned down United

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Carlo Ancelotti turned down the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United to take the job at the Bernabeu.

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Ancelotti joined Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013, and has guided Los Blancos to both the Champions League and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge.

Perez -- who has insisted Ancelotti's job was always safe this summer -- told El Partido de las 12 that Ferguson himself had personally tried to convince Ancelotti to take the Old Trafford job.

Asked whether United had been interested in the coach, he said: "For sure, but not now -- it was last year. Ferguson called him to be his successor, but he told him he had already promised to come to us."

United instead hired former Everton manager David Moyes, but he was sacked in April and has since been replaced by former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal.

However, AS claims Van Gaal was only offered the job after United failed in attempt to appoint Spain boss Vicente del Bosque.

The paper reports that Ferguson was involved in a formal offer made to Del Bosque in April but that the 63-year-old turned it down as he wants to remain in charge at La Roja for two more years before taking another role at the Spanish FA. The report also says that Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was on the shortlist drawn up after Moyes was sacked.

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