Carlo Ancelotti terms Real Madrid appointment as “unexpected” after replacing Zinedine Zidane at helm

Thee 61-year-old Ancelotti left as manager of Premier League club Everton to take the vacated place in Madrid after having coached Real for two seasons from 2013 to 2015.
Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 2 June 2021 3:50 pm

It’s been an eventful time for La Liga giants Real Madrid. Not only did they narrowly lose the League title to city rivals Atletico Madrid, their boss Zinedine Zidane bid a goodbye to the club, saying that the club management does not have faith in him. Not much after, the Los Blancos appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager. The 61-year-old Ancelotti left as manager of Premier League club Everton to take the vacated place in Madrid after having coached Real for two seasons from 2013 to 2015.

However, after being appointed as the Real boss, Ancelotti has termed it as an “unexpected opportunity.” He said that he was happy at Everton but the move is the right one for him and his family. Interestingly, Zidane, whom Ancelotti has replaced, was in fact, his assistant when Madrid won its 10th European title in 2014.

Hope Everton can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them: Ancelotti

“I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them,” Ancelotti was quoted in a statement on Everton’s website.

“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,” he added.

The Italian had joined Everton in December 2019, replacing Marco Silva. Under his supervision, the club finished secured a 12th finish before a 10th-place finish in his only full season in charge. Meanwhile, Zidane had left Madrid to three successive Champions League titles from 2016-18 but quit last week as he said he did not have the support of the club for a long-term plan.

Ancelotti is set to address a press conference later on Wednesday.

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