Carlo Ancelotti has told Jose Mourinho he will have to wait if he wants to become Chelsea manager again.
Ancelotti shrugs off rumours of Mourinho return to Chelsea
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he has no plans to step aside as Chelsea manager after Jose Mourinho revealed plans to return to the Premier League.
Mourinho, who enjoyed a hugely successful spell in charge of the Blues before being dismissed in September 2007, is currently at the helm of Inter Milan.
But he admitted over the weekend that he would love to work in England again, while Sir Alex Ferguson also believes he will come back at some point.
Mourinho has been tipped as a possible successor to Ferguson at Old Trafford but his history with Chelsea has also fuelled talk of a return to Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti is not paying too much attention to the speculation but is not surprised the Portuguese tactician misses 'the best competition in the world'.
"He'll have to wait because I'm now the manager and I am staying here," he said.
"As far as I'm concerned, Mourinho is coach of Inter Milan so he is not my opponent.
"It does not surprise me he wants to come back to England.
"He spent three years at Chelsea and he knows the English game and the environment here very well.
"The Premier League is the best competition in the world, so it is only natural any coach would want to work here.
"I respect him and that is it. Finished."
Ancelotti will have a chance to pit his wits against Mourinho when Chelsea face Inter in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, although he admits it will be a difficult test.
"It was not a good draw for anyone and I would have preferred another opponent but I am ready to beat Inter and Mourinho," he said.
"Chelsea have all the qualities to be a great side and satisfy the ambitions of the directors.
"They are just like the Milan team I had that won the Champions League."