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Carlo Ancelotti reportedly quit Everton to return to Real Madrid

After 18 months in command at Goodison Park, the 61-year-old Italian, who coached Real Madrid for two years between 2013 and 2015, has stepped down.

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Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton to return to Real Madrid as head coach for the second time.

He takes over from Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, leaving Everton in search of their sixth permanent manager in five years.

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The Italian manager has agreed to a three-year contract with Real and described the move as a “unexpected chance.”

He added: “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 will present Ancelotti to the media on Wednesday, while Everton said they “will begin the process of appointing a new manager immediately”.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s reputation

Ancelotti, along with Liverpool’s great Bob Paisley and former Real manager Zinedine Zidane, is one of just three managers in history to win three European Cups.

He has won domestic titles with AC Milan in Italy, Chelsea in England, Paris St-Germain in France, and Bayern Munich in Germany.

After winning the Champions League twice with Milan, he led Real Madrid to a historic 10th title in 2014, although he stepped down as manager the following year.

Real Madrid won the Champions League three times under Zidane but finished second in La Liga behind city rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2020-21 season.

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