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Carlo Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid in place of Zinedine Zidane


Jun 2, 2021

(CNN) – Carlo Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid to be the club’s coach for the second time in his career.

Ancelotti replaces Zinedine Zidane at the head of the club, after the former Real Madrid player left management for the second time last week.

Ancelotti managed Real Madrid for two years between 2013 and 2015, winning the Champions League and the Spanish Cup during that period.

“Real Madrid announce that Carlo Ancelotti will be the new coach of the first team for the next three seasons,” the club said in a statement. “Tomorrow the official signing ceremony will take place together with President Florentino Pérez at Real Madrid City.”

The Italian leaves his position as coach at Everton of the Premier League to rejoin the Spanish giant. After hearing the news of his departure, Ancelotti took to Twitter to thank the club.

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“I would like to thank Everton FC, my players and the fans for giving me the opportunity to manage this fantastic and historic club,” he said. «I decided to leave because I have a new challenge with a team that has always been in my heart, Real Madrid.

«I am taking away all the incredible moments that we have lived together and I wish the best to the Club and the fans».

Ancelotti, a former Italian international, has always been a trophy winner during his illustrious playing and coaching career and is one of only three coaches to win three Champions Leagues.

The 61-year-old has previously led European superpowers AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, winning trophies at all of those clubs.

During his time at Real Madrid, he helped the club win their long-awaited 10th Champions League title in 2014, beating their city rival Atlético in the final.

He left only a year later, but returns in 2021 with a three-year contract after Real Madrid lived its first season in 11 years without lifting a trophy.

“I fully respect everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities that are in front of them,” Ancelotti said in a statement on the Everton website.

“While I enjoyed being at Everton, I was presented with an unexpected opportunity that I think is the right decision for me and my family at this time.”

Ancelotti leaves Everton in search of his sixth coach in five years.