Antonio Conte believes Carlo Ancelotti will not return to management until next season following the Italian’s sacking from Bayern Munich.

The German giants made the decision to relieve Ancelotti, who was hired as Pep Guardiola’s replacement in 2016, on Thursday – a day after Bayern lost their Champions League Group B game against Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 at the Parc des Princes.

Bayern club chairman Uli Hoeness was quoted by Westfalenpost as claiming that Ancelotti’s sacking came after “five” players turned against the Italian. 

But Conte said on Friday that when he spoke with Ancelotti in pre-season [when Bayern beat Chelsea in Singapore] the 58-year-old had a good relationship with his players.

“It’s a pity when this type of situation happens [a manager being sacked] – also because I know him very well,” Conte told reporters of Ancelotti’s dismissal by Bayern.

“I think all the people know his value. He’s one of the best coaches in the world. But, as you know very well, our job is this. The results are very important. You can do a really good job but, if you don’t get results, you risk (the sack). 

“But this is the history. We can speak, but it depends upon results. If you don’t get them, we can be sacked.”

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When then asked whether he thought the Bayern players had disrespected Ancelotti and whether he could now return to the Premier League, Conte replied: “I spoke with him in Singapore and he was happy. He was happy to work with these players.

“I think now he will stop for this season…in my opinion. 

“Don’t forget when you are the coach of a great team and you expend a lot of energy, physically and also mentally, and have the possibility – in this case a bad situation – to take a bit of time for yourself, I think it’s not bad to do that. 

“You can use this time to recharge your batteries.”