Carlo Ancelotti says he harbours regrets over the acrimonious end to his spell as Paris Saint-Germain coach as he prepares to return to the French capital with Bayern Munich.
Ancelotti finished second in Ligue 1 in his first season in charge at the Parc des Princes before guiding the club to the first of four successive titles in the 2012-13 campaign.
However, Ancelotti went on to endure a strained relationship with his Qatari bosses, and he made clear his desire to leave Paris to succeed Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2013.
Ahead of facing his former club with Bayern in Wednesday’s Champions League group-stage game, Ancelotti told Le Figaro he hopes to move on from that episode of his PSG career and that he has since improved relations with the club’s CEO and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“The end of my story with PSG, I didn’t have a good attitude, because I wanted to leave and the club wanted me to stay at the head of the team,” he said.
“We had some small problems. It was a difficult period, and the relationship with Nasser was difficult, but time is going to sort all that out.
“Today, our contact is good. I sent him a message last year to congratulate him on the win over Barcelona in the Champions League, and another to wish him good luck in the return.
“I didn’t have the courage to send him another one afterwards. That game marked the world of football [Barcelona won 6-1 to progress past PSG 6-5 on aggregate].
“Something incredible happened, like with me in the 2005 Champions League final with AC Milan.”
Culled from ESPN