Carlo Ancelotti did everything expected of him this season.
He led Paris Saint-Germain to a league title. He took the team to the Champions League quarterfinals where they played admirably against Barcelona. He's brought PSG into the realm of Europe's elite.
And now, with Jose Mourinho almost assuredly departing Real Madrid and the team rumored to desire Ancelotti, the Italian seems primed to make the jump, and frankly, he should be allowed to make that jump if he desires to do so.
However, Ancelotti is still under contract and it appears the team will hold him to that, according to the BBC:
"I've asked to leave and I am waiting for their answer," said Ancelotti, 53.
But PSG's Qatari president Nasser al-Khelaifi said: "He asked to depart for Real Madrid. It is not possible because he has a contract for one year more, so that is our decision."
Speaking to the Qatari-owned television channel Beinsport, he added: "It is his problem; it is not our problem. We have offered him another year more on his contract as well as the one he has.
"When you have a contract, everyone is normally obliged to honour that."
The plot thickens.
In a report by Al-Jazeera (via ESPN), Al-Khelaifi said he believed Ancelotti had already signed a pre-contract with Real Madrid and that PSG wouldn't simply hand over their manager. Yet he also previously noted, "We have to respect him because we haven't forgotten what he's done for the club."
That last statement is the primary reason why PSG should allow Ancelotti to head elsewhere. He did exactly what was expected of him and now he's ready to leave, presumably to head to a club with one of the greatest prestiges and histories in European football.
Could you really blame him for wanting to take on that opportunity, or for desiring a move to a more prestigious league, La Liga, that he's yet to tackle?
It goes even deeper than that, though. Teams have no problem firing their managers in the middle of a contract. Can anybody really be upset when the opposite happens and a manager is ready to leave for another team before his contract has run up?
Obviously, PSG hold all of the cards here. Still, it's hard to imagine the team will really want to hold on to a manager that vocally has expressed a desire to leave. Just imagine the headlines next year if PSG struggles.
Suddenly, this year's championship will be forgotten amidst next year's debate about whether the manager's heart is into it. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that doesn't foster a winning environment.
Carlo Ancelotti should be allowed to leave PSG and join Real Madrid.
PSG took major steps this season. The team should cut ties with any potential distractions and allow Ancelotti to move on. Why keep a manager that doesn't want to stay?
And why hold back a man that did everything that was asked of him and deserves respect from the club he led to this year's championship?
Let him go free, PSG—both sides will be better off for it.