After the reports that he would be leaving Everton for a new opportunity at Real Madrid emerged on Tuesday, Carlo Ancelotti affirmed his return to the club by signing a new contract.
Ancelotti, who will be 61 in July, has signed a three-year deal with the Spanish giants and will be introduced to the press on Wednesday, the club stated in a statement.
Antonio Conte was expected to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who quit last week, as the new head coach of Real Madrid.
Zidane guided Madrid to a second-place finish in La Liga and a quarterfinals run in the Champions League last season before leaving, complaining that he had received no backing from the club’s president, Florentino Perez.
After expressing gratitude to the board of directors, players, and the Evertonians, Ancelotti released a statement that included the following: “I would like to thank the board of directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the extraordinary support they have all given me during my time at the club.”
I have a great deal of respect for everyone connected with Everton, and I sincerely hope they will realize all the fantastic potential they have ahead of them.
I am thrilled with my opportunity to be at Everton, but I have been provided with a very surprising option that I think is absolutely correct for me and my family at this point in time.
He was in control of the club from 2013 to 2016 until being replaced by Zinedine Zidane, who was in control from 2016 to 2018. After winning the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup in two years at the club, the Italian signed for a big team.
Ancelotti was a highly accomplished midfielder for Roma, AC Milan, and the Italian national team, who won three Serie A titles and two European Cups in his career.
The start of his coaching career was with Serie B club Reggiana, and then he went to Parma and Juventus before earning the reputation as a Champions League expert with Milan, helping the team win the competition in 2003 and 2007.
Following his work with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, he saw additional success with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. As part of the business deal which brought him to Madrid in June 2013, he had previously won the league title with both teams.
His presence at the club was extremely well-regarded by both fans and executives alike, especially in his first season on the team.
Ancelotti’s first major prize was the Copa del Rey in April 2014, which they won against Barcelona by defeating them in the final with Gareth Bale scoring an incredible late winner at Mestalla.
That silverware that came next in his managerial career was considered by some of the more prominent members of the club to be among the most significant in the club’s history, as he led his team to the final of the UEFA Champions League for the third time in three years, winning it in the spring of 2014 with a 4-1 victory over fierce rivals Atletico Madrid after extra time.
The win brought Madrid’s 12-year drought for a 10th European Cup to an end, as well as securing Ancelotti’s position in the club’s record books. To the great dismay of FC Barcelona and their fans, he was the first manager to win the competition three times in the Champions League history. The goal that he set for himself was eventually equaled by Zidane, who achieved three consecutive triumphs with Los Blancos from 2016 to 2018.
While that is true, the team’s league form became more uneven, as they finished third in 2013-14 and second in 2014-15, and it was even speculated that Ancelotti’s relaxed management attitude may have negatively impacted their league position.
He was fired in May of 2015 and has since coached both Bayern Munich and Napoli. He was most recently hired by Everton, who ended the 2016/17 season in tenth place in the Premier League.