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OFFICIAL: Carlo Ancelotti returns to coach Real Madrid

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After a hectic few days of negotiations, Carlo Ancelotti just left Everton to coach Real Madrid for a second term. Effective immediately. 

Carlo Ancelotti was the man who could take Zinedine Zidane’s job after the Frenchman left Real Madrid last week. The Italian manager is the one who gave Los Blancos their coveted Decima but he left a season later. After that, ‘Zizou’ took over from a failed Rafa Benitez and brought the most successful era during Florentino Perez’s reign. In order to find an ideal Zidane replacement, the list was remarkably short. Florentino Perez was very clear on the qualifications he wanted for his next manager.

Experience was a key factor. But having won the Champions League as a coach before was essential for the next man in line. Given that Ancelotti was currently under contract at Everton, negotiations needed to take place. When Real Madrid comes knocking on your door, you best not reject them. As soon as Carlo and his agent realized this was a possibility, they immediately spoke to Everton in order to facilitate his exit. It took merely hours to complete the negotiations. 

Ancelotti signs for three years. 

This is how Real Madrid made the official announcement: “Carlo Ancelotti (Reggiolo, Italy, 10/06/1959) has been named as Real Madrid’s new coach. The Italian tactician, 61, checks in from Everton and returns to our club after having written his name into the history books in his first spell in charge. He managed Real Madrid for a two-season spell between 2013 and 2015 and led the team to the club’s 10th European Cup crown. Under Ancelotti’s stewardship, the team reigned supreme in Europe 12 years on from the last continental triumph following an unforgettable win over Atlético in the Lisbon showpiece.

“Ancelotti secured four pieces of silverware during his tenure at Real Madrid. In addition to the Champions League crown, he lifted the club’s 19th Copa del Rey trophy in his maiden season in the dugout after seeing off Barcelona in the final. In his second year, he achieved a further two trophy successes, getting the better of Sevilla to land the UEFA Super Cup and beating San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final. Meanwhile, he is the Real Madrid coach to have recorded the most wins (78) in his first 100 competitive games at the helm.”