It is now official, Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton and is the new coach of Real Madrid, a return to the club he left in 2015. ‘I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity.’
The Italian tactician comes back to the Bernabeu and has signed a three-year contract to June 2024.
He was bought out of his contract with Everton, who he joined in December 2019, just days after he’d been fired by Napoli.
Ancelotti turns 62 later this month and returns to Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League during his brief tenure from 2013-15.
Zinedine Zidane resigned following a disappointing season and there had been several options to replace him, including other Italians Antonio Conte and Max Allegri.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Ancelotti is set to earn €6m per season.
“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,” Ancelotti said in a statement on the Premier League side’s website.
“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.”
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 1, 2021