The Rossoneri have drawn up a shortlist of other candidates for head coach as the former Real Madrid boss prepares to take a year out

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed the club have been in contact with Carlo Ancelotti regarding a return to San Siro, but says they have alternatives lined up.

Ancelotti, who was dismissed by Real Madrid on Monday , is the club’s first choice to replace current boss Filippo Inzaghi.

But with Ancelotti having said he would take a year off should he lose his job in the Spanish capital, Berlusconi confirmed the Rossoneri are eyeing some high-profile back-ups.

“We are in contact with Ancelotti but we have prepared four alternatives: one abroad, the others in Italy,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We hope he’ll come back to Milan,” he added in a radio interview on Tuesday. “I’m optimistic and so is [CEO Adriano] Galliani.”

Ancelotti won two European Cups with the club as a player with the club before leading them to a further two as coach during an eight-year spell in the dugout.

Inzaghi was promoted from youth-team coach to take his first senior role but has failed to secure European football in what has been disappointing season for the club.

Unai Emery, another contender for the Milan post, led Sevilla to a fifth-place finish in Spain and is on the verge of back-to-back Europa League crowns after seeing off Fiorentina to book a place in the final against Dnipro.

Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella is also reported to have made Milan’s shortlist, along with Italy boss Antonio Conte.