Ancelotti's contract at Milan expires in the summer of 2010, so making him available to take charge of a national team World Cup qualifier.
"Why would it be strange to coach an African team?" quizzed Ancelotti. "I'd love to coach a World Cup team. I have a contract until 2010 and it's a target of mine."
Indeed, early speculation has Ancelotti taking charge of Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast, should they manage to qualify for South Africa.