The future of Carlo Ancelotti has been the subject of speculation over the past week and half, but the Italian has insisted that he's more than happy to see out the rest of his contract with Bayern Munich, which expires in 2019. After Bayern's 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim last weekend, and reports surfacing of Julian Nagelsmann dreaming of a move to Bayern Munich, concerns spiked over Ancelotti's future. There is, in fact, an option in his current contract which could allow the club to terminate his contract at the end of his second full season as manager, which would be this season.
Despite the bevvy of rumors linking Ancelotti with an early exit from Bavaria, he's remained firm in the stance that he plans on finishing his contract, and is also open to the idea of extending it beyond 2019. Speaking to Bild (via Goal) earlier today about his future with the club, he struck a characteristically relaxed tone in his response:
I am very happy here and I would like to stay for a long time. AlI I can say about my contract is that it runs until June 30, 2019. But I am not thinking about my contract at the moment. I only know that I would like to do a good job here. We are not top of the league right now, but we will be soon
Although it wasn't the most convincing performance from Bayern in their 3-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League midweek, on the heels of their loss to Hoffenheim, Ancelotti's confident that his squad will silence the critics. He was comically tactful in his response when asked about criticism of the two underwhelming performances:
I do not have to answer every critic. I know that many people always give advice and I promise I will have a big party for these people at the end of the season, with good wine and good food.
Ancelotti's first chance to quash some of the underlying concerns comes Saturday when Bayern play host to Mainz on the first day of Oktoberfest.