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Ancelotti in 'no hurry' to pen new Real Madrid deal

Carlo Ancelotti says he is in no hurry to discuss a new deal to stay at Real Madrid.

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Back in December, Marca led with a front page that promised three things. Since then, two of those have come off and the other is still waiting to be rubber-stamped.

Lucas Silva signed last month and Marcos Asensio agreed his move to Madrid from Mallorca before Christmas. Carlo Ancelotti has yet to agree his one-year contract extension.

Back then Madrid were kings of world football. If it wasn't official, they made sure it was with victory in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. That success ensured Madrid finished what had been a superb year with a Spanish record 22-game winning streak. There was no touching the European and World champions and there was little doubting Ancelotti.

On the plane back from Morocco Ancelotti's agent should have been pushing the contract and pen firmly under the nose of Florentino Perez. If the Italian wanted to extend his stay in the Spanish capital beyond the summer of 2016, that was the ideal opportunity to do it. He had guided Madrid to the Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup and a 22-match winning run.

Since then, Ancelotti has not been quite as untouchable. A sluggish start to the year, which saw the winning run come to an end, was followed by Atleti knocking Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and Ancelotti's side fall to a humiliating 4-0 defeat against their neighbours in the league. The advantage had been snapped away in La Liga and the Italian had been whistled ahead of his side's league clash against Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu earlier this month.

Two months ago people were asking why Perez had not secured Ancelotti's long-term future but only two weeks ago the calls for the Italian to pen a new deal had fallen silent.

"Everyone is supporting me, I feel trusted here," said Ancelotti on Saturday ahead of his side's trip to Elche. Things have picked up with back-to-back victories and since he faced the press, a shock defeat for Barca against Malaga has left Madrid with the chance of stretching their lead at the summit to four points. That, coupled with having one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, has left things looking rosy again.

If there has been one constant throughout the talk of a new contract it has been Ancelotti's take on it all. "We're not in a hurry about the contract extension, there's still more than one year left on my contract, we should not be in a hurry." The former Paris St Germain, Chelsea and AC Milan boss has towed the same line throughout the good and the bad.

That he questioned the need to win trophies to ensure his new deal, however, seems naïve. "My goal is a to win a big title," he continued. "I believe we have a good chance of accomplishing this, and this is not a new experience for me as it was the same goal at every other club. I don't believe that my extension depends on the titles we win."

If Ancelotti finishes this season without one of La Liga or the Champions League, he may well change his line of thought. Real Madrid are a club that needs to win and although the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup have been added to the trophy cabinet this term, a lack of one of the big guns at the end of the season will leave Perez twitching his thumbs. If not over changing the man at the helm, then over offering him a new deal.

Perez has already said that he only deals in new contracts for his manager at the start and the end of the season and with Madrid on that 22-match winning run he told Spanish radio: "We will be delighted to renew Ancelotti's contract. I'm sure there will be no problem with Ancelotti's renewal, but this will be negotiated at the end of the season."

Ancelotti has already shown that he is a good fit for Madrid. The Italian's bargaining power over a new deal will depend on his success come the end of the campaign.

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