Spanish giants Real Madrid have confirmed the return of former manager Carlo Ancelotti from Premier League side Everton.
Real were on the hunt for a new manager after the departure of Zinedine Zidane, Ancelotti’s former assistant.
Initially Italian duo Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte were thought to be the front-runners, but the former returned to Juventus whilst the latter is reportedly not under consideration.
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They have instead turned to another Italian, who managed the club between 2013 and 2015. Ancelotti has signed a deal for three seasons.
During that time he helped them win La Decima, the tenth European title that had eluded them for over a decade.
After leaving Real he moved to Bayern Munich and then Napoli before joining his current side Everton, who he led to a 10th-placed finish last season.
The Toffees are expected to consider one of their former managers, David Moyes, alongside Nuno Espirito Santo and Eddie Howe as possible replacements for Ancelotti.
In a statement from the Merseysiders, Ancelotti expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to manage the club.
He wrote: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the Club.
I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”
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