Ronaldo: I hope Ancelotti stays at Real Madrid

The Portuguese forward gave his public backing to the Italian, while team-mate James Rodriguez warned the club against sacking the coach


Cristiano Ronaldo has thrown his support behind Carlo Ancelotti as he awaits news of his future at Real Madrid.

The club finished two points behind the Catalans in La Liga, were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Champions League and exited the Copa del Rey back in January.

Madrid have lined up Napoli boss Rafa Benitez as Ancelotti’s replacement and he could be relieved of his duties by Monday.

However, Ronaldo tweeted a message of support along with a picture of the football giants embracing in the Santiago Bernabeu dressing room after the club’s 7-3 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

“Great coach and an amazing person,” Ronaldo wrote, referring to Ancelotti. “Hope we work together next season.”

Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season. pic.twitter.com/HqHHGjGGUH

— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 23, 2015

Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez directed a word of warning towards the club as he hinted that getting rid of the three-time Champions League-winning coach would disrupt the squad’s harmony.

“Ancelotti leaving would be tough to take,” the Colombian attacker told Gol TV. “He came in two years ago, he knows the team really well, know what we’re about and how we act.

“But it’s not my decision and I shouldn’t really be talking about it.”