Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has denied he is joining Roma after being spotted in the Italian city, but admitted he would like the job one day.

Ancelotti has been tipped to take charge at the Stadio Olimpico if he is axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the summer.

It is thought Ancelotti was in Rome for the 50th birthday of his former wife, Luisa, ahead of Sunday's title decider with Manchester United.

The Italian moved to London in the summer of 2009 after eight successful seasons in Milan, and wrapped up the domestic double in his first campaign.

Ancelotti said to Gazzetta dello Sport: "I have not spoken to any club.

"I don't want to talk about the future until this season is over.

"I want to remain in England and I can assure you that I will not be coaching in Italy next year."

Ancelotti won the Italian title with Roma as a player in 1983 and has made no secret that he would love to manage them one day.

However, it will not be in the near future.

"I don't know if I will make it in time to one day coach (Roma captain Francesco) Totti," Ancelotti said.

The 51-year-old joined Chelsea from AC Milan in June 2009 and went on to win the league and FA Cup double in his first season.

The Italian tactician is under contract with the Blues outfit until June 2012.

Despite a mid-season slump, the London club are now back in the Barclays Premier League title race and face leaders Manchester United in a must-win clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.