Carlo Ancelotti has been re-appointed as Real Madrid manager, having left Everton after 18 months in command of the Premier League club.
Ancelotti rejoins Los Blancos following the departure of Zinedine Zidane, who resigned after Madrid failed to win a title this season.
Madrid has chosen the experienced Italian coach, who will leave Goodison Park immediately.
“I would like to thank the board of directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the fantastic support they have all given me throughout my time at the club,” Ancelotti stated in a statement on the club’s website.
“I have the utmost respect for everyone affiliated with Everton and am certain that they will be able to capitalize on the wonderful changes that lie ahead of them. While I have loved my time at Everton, an unexpected opportunity has presented itself that I feel is the best step for me and my family at this time.”
Ancelotti, a former Chelsea manager, returned to the Premier League in December 2019 to take command of Everton, however, he has left with three years remaining on his contract. The Toffees are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in five years.
Discussions with Ancelotti were originally initiated five days ago, as Goal revealed earlier on Tuesday. These negotiations have resulted in a satisfactory outcome, and he will join Santiago Bernabeu on a three-year deal.
Madrid rushed rapidly to put contingency preparations in place after learning that Zidane wanted to leave his second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu. Massimiliano Allegri was their first choice, however, he has since been reappointed as Andrea Pirlo’s replacement at Juventus.
Raul, the current coach of Madrid’s Castilla team, was also a candidate, as was Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea, and Inter manager.
However, it is Ancelotti who has been named as the next manager, as the 61-year-old returns to the club where he was so successful between 2013 and 2015.
In 2014, he was the guy who delivered La Decima, as Madrid won their 10th European title. That season, they also won the Copa del Rey and went on to win the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
With 89 triumphs from 119 games at the helm, the Italian has the greatest win % in the Blancos’ historic history.