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Real Madrid keen on Carlo Ancelotti return

Real Madrid are keen to bring former manager Carlo Ancelotti back to the club as the Spanish giants seek a replacement for Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane stepped down from his position as Real Madrid manager last week after citing the club’s hierarchy had lost faith in his abilities, bringing an end to his second spell in charge at the Bernabeu.

 

The 48-year-old won two league titles and three Champions League trophies across his two stints in charge of Los Blancos, though revealed his reasons for departing in a letter to the supporters, published by AS.

“I am not abandoning ship and I am not tired of coaching,” Zidane said. “I am going because I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need and doesn’t offer me the support needed to build something in the mid and long term. Over the last few months, I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president to have been a bit different to that of other managers.”

Real have been assessing prospective managerial targets with recently departed Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino amongst those linked, though Marca are reporting that the Spaniard’s have now decided on a move to bring Everton manager Ancelotti back to the Bernabeu.

Ancelotti previously spent two seasons in charge of the club, guiding the Spanish side to a 10th Champions League title and the fabled La Decima during his debut campaign.

The 61-year-old departed following an indifferent second campaign, though remains a well-respected figure at the club with president Florentino Perez viewing the Italian as a more viable options than Conte, Pochettino or former club captain, Raul.

Everton may now face a fight to keep the three-time Champions League winner on Merseyside, with Ancelotti having been in charge of the Toffees since December 2019.

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