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Galtier wants Ancelotti to stay

21 May 2013 06:21

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier believes that it would be damaging to Ligue 1 if Carlo Ancelotti leaves Paris Saint-Germain.

Speculation linking the Italian with a move to Real Madrid has been strengthened by confirmation of Jose Mourinho's departure, but Galtier believes it would be a real disappointment if the title-winning tactician left the competition.

"It's a shame for French football, it would be a shame for the French coaches, especially young people like me," he told Canal+.

"If we can bring in the best coaches, we must be guided by the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, in terms of communication, behaviour and management. He is attractive to a club like Real Madrid, we can understand that."

Galtier has guided Saint-Etienne to fourth in Ligue 1 with one game remaining this season and can still reach the third and final UEFA Champions League spot if they can better the result of Lyon on the final day of the season.

Ancelotti and Galtier were voted joint Coach of the Year earlier in May and the Frenchman has stressed what an honour it was to share the accolade with the Italian.

"To share this trophy with a man like Carlo Ancelotti, it is not just anything," he said.

"Carlo is world class."

Saint-Etienne's final game of the season is against Lille on May 26.

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