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Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League trophy under Ancelotti in 2014 (Nick Potts/PA)

Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League trophy under Ancelotti in 2014 (Nick Potts/PA)

Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League trophy under Ancelotti in 2014 (Nick Potts/PA)

Carlo Ancelotti has quit his role as Everton manager to take over at Real Madrid.

Ancelotti, who joined Everton on a four-and-a-half-year contract in December 2019, replaces Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital.

The 61-year-old Italian, who previously managed Real between 2013 and 2015, guiding the club to a 10th European title, has agreed a three-year contract.

Ancelotti told Everton’s website: “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.

“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.”

Ancelotti guided Everton to a 10th-placed finish last season and now leaves them looking for a sixth permanent boss in five years.

The Merseyside club said: “Everton would like to place on record its thanks to Carlo for his service to the club over the past 18 months.

“The club will begin the process of appointing a new manager immediately and will provide updates in due course.”

Now they have turned to Ancelotti to bring the glory days back to the Bernabeu, with the coach who won the club their tenth Champions League title holding a special place in Real Madrid folklore.

The Spanish giants had to wait eleven years between their 2002 Champions League win and their next success, inspired by Ancelotti in a thrilling final against Atletico Madrid.

Ancelotti is viewed by Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez as a safe pair of hands in what is a turbulent time for the club, with their place in next season's Champions League uncertain as they continue to remain attached to the controversial European Super League breakaway plan.

The appointment of Ancelotti will end speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino with the Real Madrid job, with Paris Saint-Germain continuing to insist they will not release a coach who is also being linked with a return to Tottenham.

Antonio Conte was also linked with the Real Madrid vacancy, but the coach who left Inter Milan last month does not appear to have been considered for the role.

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