Real Madrid have officially announced Carlo Ancelotti as the new head coach following Zinedine Zidane’s decision to quit the club.
After months of speculations, Zidane called time on his second managerial stint at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 27.
The Frenchman’s departure has left the vacancy in one of the hottest seats in Europe, with plenty of household names immediately linked with taking charge of Madrid.
Under-fire Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino initially emerged as the likeliest candidate to fill in for Zidane. However, PSG acted swiftly to hand the Argentine a new contract and put the Madrid links to bed.
Antonio Conte, who shockingly decided to leave Inter Milan a week after leading the Nerazzurri to the long-awaited Scudetto, was also in contention for the coveted job.
However, Florentino Perez has opted for a proven solution to guide Los Blancos next season, entrusting Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti with the coaching role.
The 61-year-old signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park in December 2019 but has failed to lead the Toffees to the European finish this season.
According to reports in England, as soon as Ancelotti realized the return to La Liga is a real possibility, he and his representative put pressure on Everton to sanction the move.
Supporting such claims is the fact negotiations barely lasted hours before the official announcement was brought to light.
The experienced Italian tactician was at the helm in the Spanish capital between 2013 and 2015, leading Los Merengues to the 2013/14 Champions League title.
During his two-year stint in Madrid, Ancelotti also won Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.