David Beckham has looked to ease the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti by insisting the Italian is the right man to manage Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.
Ancelotti became the first coach in the club’s history to win four trophies in one year when he guided them to the Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2014.
But, in light of Real's recent loss of form, question marks have been placed over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Club president Florentino Perez recently held a press conference to announce his support for the manager, but refused to confirm whether Ancelotti would be in charge next season.
However, Beckham, who spent four years at Madrid between 2003 and 2007 and also worked under Ancelotti at PSG in 2013, believes the Italian is one of the best managers around and remains the right man for the job.
“Is Ancelotti the right man for Real Madrid? For me, yes,” Beckham told Spanish newspaper AS.
“He knows how to get respect out of the players, he knows how to get the best out of the players – and the players respect him, as does everybody in the football world.
“I love Carlo, he’s one of the best people I’ve ever spent time with, one of the best managers I’ve ever been managed by.
“He’s a manager who has humility, he has so much passion for the game, he’s a winner, he’s always been successful wherever he has gone.
“For me he’s not just one of the nicest people in the world but also one of the best managers I have ever played under.
“To see the success he has already had at Real Madrid for me is incredible and not surprising.
“I look at him as a person and as a manager – as a person, you can’t get any better and as a manager, the same. He’s one of the best.”
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