Carlo Ancelotti does not want to “upset” Antonio Conte with links to Chelsea, but admits that a Premier League return is an option.
The Italian currently finds himself out of work following his dismissal by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Several clubs have already been linked with an approach for his services, with a second stint at Chelsea – where he has previously won a Premier League and FA Cup double being mooted.
A vacant post at Everton has also been discussed, as have roles in China and Italy.
Ancelotti, though, maintains that he will not be taking on another job until the summer of 2018, telling Radio Anch’io lo Sport on the latest rumours: “I have time to watch football now. I am looking for new opportunities but not right now. My contract with Bayern expires at the end of the season and that’s when I’ll start listening to new offers.
“I want a serious project that can give me time and serenity, even though I know it’s not easy. I am just waiting and something will come.
“The Premier League is a very interesting league of course. The atmosphere is amazing there, even if Bundesliga stadiums are also great.
“I don’t know where I could end up, Italy is a solution as well.
“Every day there are new speculations about my future - Croatia, China, Everton, Chelsea. Don’t make my friend Antonio upset, I always talk to him.”
Conte has already sought to play down Chelsea’s links to Ancelotti, while branding talk of player unrest at Stamford Bridge as “bullsh*t”.
With there seemingly no imminent deal to be done there, it could be that Ancelotti’s next move takes him back home, with the former Juventus and Milan coach intrigued by a number of clubs in Serie A.
He added: “Serie A is very interesting. AC Milan have made many changes and fourth place would be a great target, but it won’t be easy.
“Nobody has a magic wand. Managers and projects need time to be successful, six months is not enough to build a new squad from the beginning.
“AC Milan will need to sign more players in the future. [Vincenzo] Montella is right when he says that it’s difficult to buy top players, that’s why the Rossoneri have signed several young players.
“I’d see myself coaching Roma but don’t tell [Eusebio] Di Francesco.
“The truth is, I’d like any club, I’d like to coach and I will listen to offers at the end of the season.”