Carlo Ancelotti targets stay in Premier League following Chelsea sacking

Dismissed Blues boss proud of achievements at Stamford Bridge, accepts owner Roman Abramovich's decision to sack him and wants next job to be in England's top flight

Sacked Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he would like to stay and manage in England despite being shown the door by Roman Abramovich.

The 51-year-old was dismissed immediately after speaking to the media in the wake of the Blues' disappointing 1-0 final-day defeat to a 10-man Everton side on Sunday.

Despite leading Chelsea to a league and cup double in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti's sacking was widely expected after the Italian presided over a trophyless campaign in west London this time around.

There had been speculation Ancelotti would return to Italy and former club Roma as uncertainty over his Chelsea future grew, but on numerous occasions he has stated a desire to remain in England for the foreseeable future, with Manchester City and, more recently, relegated West Ham being cited as possible destinations.

The Italian reiterated his preference for staying in the Premier League in the aftermath of his sacking on Sunday evening as he looked back on his time at Chelsea.

"I received news of my sacking before the flight,” he told reporters. “I accept and I respect Chelsea’s decision. I spent two fantastic years in this club. I think I made a good job.

"Now, I think about my future. I would prefer to stay in England and the Premier League.”

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