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Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that he would welcome the chance to take charge of Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool.

• Ancelotti: England is the place to be

Ancelotti is currently out of work following a two-year spell in charge of Chelsea, but he has made clear that he would relish the chance to take on another club in the Premier League.

He insists he has no specific team in mind but told Monday's issue of La Repubblica: "I want to manage a team that challenges at the top, and I include Tottenham and Liverpool in that category. Wenger has had a shaky spell at Arsenal in the last few months, and for the national team Capello will be replaced by an Englishman, which will free up a place at a club."

However, he added: "I am in no hurry, I promise. The fact that I'm not coaching does not cause me anguish. In fact, I am enjoying life."

Explaining his desire to stay in England, he said: "For a coach, it is the ideal country. The difference is in the pace of the game and the training. In Italy, it's hard to obtain maximum intensity during the week, but it's the opposite in England - it's difficult to reduce it.

"It's a different type of work culture, plus there's the passion and respect in the stadiums. In two years on the bench at Chelsea, I wasn't insulted by opposition fans. Also: tell me who is the president of Manchester United. No? Me neither. I know he doesn't give interviews. Just like Abramovich."

Asked if he was thinking of AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, he replied: "Along with many others."

Ancelotti also revealed he is now starting to consider Sir Alex Ferguson the finest manager in the game.

"The more time goes by, the more I fall in love with Ferguson," he said. "He is unusual as a coach. It's not his direct training - he delegates a lot and has an excellent team around him.

"He understands football like few others. Under his management, all players improve - most recently Young. He can take a little-known Korean and make him an important part of the Manchester United team.

"He's not afraid to field young players. Cleverley is one to watch - he's a 22-year-old midfielder and looks very strong. United play a European game - a little bit English, very modern. Finally, and a very important aspect for me, Ferguson is very good, very humble, as a person, despite his place in football history."


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