Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Carlo Ancelotti replaces Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager

By AFP

MADRID: Carlo Ancelotti will return to Real Madrid as coach for the next three seasons, the Spanish club said on Tuesday after the resignation of Zinedine Zidane last week.

The 61-year-old Italian, who won the Champions League for Real Madrid during his first game at the club between 2013 and 2015, will sign his new contract and be presented to the media on Wednesday, the club said in a statement.

Ancelotti joined Everton in December 2019 and thanked the English club and its supporters “for the tremendous support they have all given me”.

“Although I enjoyed being at Everton, I had an unexpected opportunity that I think is the right move for me and my family,” he added in a statement posted on Everton’s website.

The English club said it would “begin the process of appointing a new manager immediately and provide updates over time.” Real have won the Champions League three times under Zidane, but ended the 2020-21 campaign without a trophy finishing second in La Liga behind Atletico Madrid.

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The Spanish giants also lost the eventual winners, Chelsea, in the semi-finals of the Champions League. It was the first time the 13-time European champions could not win a trophy in 11 seasons.

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