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Real Madrid appoints Carlo Ancelotti as new head coach

Real Madrid has appointed Carlo Ancelotti as the new head coach of the first team. The Italian manager has terminated the contract with Everton FC to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. The veteran coach will return to the Spanish capital for a second stint after enjoying a successful spell between 2013 and 2015.

Along with Ancelotti, Real Madrid will reportedly appoint one executive at the board level. Former Sporting Director at Lille, Luis Campos has been linked with a role at Real Madrid. Ancelotti was managing at Everton in the past 18 months after being sacked at Napoli.

After the departure of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid last week, there were numerous coaches considered as replacements for the Frenchman. According to MARCA, PSG’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri were the front runners. However, Allegri signed for Juventus a few days ago, while Pochettino is likely to stay at PSG. Antonio Conte also left his job at Inter Milan but he was not heavily linked with the post at Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s B team coach Raul was also an option. 

The Italian coach was appointed was off to a good start at Everton after taking over in 2019, but the Merseyside club finished tenth this season. The 61-year-old has won 20 trophies in his career including two Champions League titles. Ancelotti managed some of the best teams in Europe like Juventus, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Roma. During his first spell at Madrid, Ancelotti helped the club to win the La Decima- tenth champions league title in the club history. He also helped Los Blancos to win one Copa Del Rey during his time at the club.

At Everton, Ancelotti reportedly earned a whopping £11.5 million per year. The Italian manager has reportedly taken a pay cut to join Real Madrid. He will reportedly earn a net salary of €6 million per year in the Spanish capital.

Ancelotti’s second spell at the club would be much different as his main challenge will be to build a squad around young players. The manager will once again work with the likes of Luka Modric and Marcelo, players that helped in winning the Champions League in 2014. However, they are past their prime.

Real Madrid recently signed David Alaba on a free transfer to strengthen the backline. However, there is constant speculation surrounding the future of club captain Sergio Ramos and senior defender Raphael Varane. After a quiet transfer window last summer, Real Madrid will have to invest heavily to enjoy success next season.

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