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According to Metro former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has turned down the chance to replace Louis van Gaal as manager of Manchester United.

The 56-year-old Italian has not worked since being fired by Real Madrid last May and was being heavily linked with replacing Dutchman Van Gaal at Old Trafford.

The 64-year-old former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich trainer van Gaal was under enormous pressure following a poor string of results during December that had his tenure at Old Trafford hanging by a thread, leading to speculation that either Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti would replace him at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Daily Mail claims that Ancelotti rejected Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward’s advances to take over from Van Gaal preferring to replace instead Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola next summer, when the former Barcelona man leaves the Bundesliga giants to take over Manchester City.