Madrid - Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed as the new coach of Real Madrid on a
three-year deal, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
"Carlos Michelangelo Ancelotti will be the coach of Real Madrid next
season," said a statement on the club's website.
"Experience, success and reliability in all the countries in which the
Italian has worked, he arrives in the Spanish capital after being chosen as
coach of the year in France."
Ancelotti will be formally presented to the media on Wednesday afternoon, it
The 54-year-old Italian's protracted move from Paris Saint-Germain was
finally confirmed after the French champions also appointed Laurent Blanc to be
their coach for next season on Tuesday.
That cleared the path for Madrid to end a five-week wait to announce their
new boss after it was announced Jose Mourinho would not be continuing at the
club on May 20.
However, the former Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea boss has always been Real
president Florentino Perez first choice to replace Mourinho and arrives with an
impressive CV, having won league titles in Italy, England and France.
"He has won practically everything in the ambit of international
football (two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups, One World Club Cup
and One Intertoto Cup) and has won the league in three distinct championships
in which he has managed (Italy, England and France)," the club statement
"Familiar with the pressure of managing big teams on the continent, the
Italian is a guarantee to manage and exciting project."
It is that experience that Madrid have bet on after a tumultuous final year
under Mourinho in which Real failed to win a major trophy and the Portuguese
clashed with many of his senior players.
Moreover, Ancelotti's proven track record in the Champions League was key
attraction for Perez as winning a 10th European Cup remains Madrid's primary
After falling short at the semi-final stage under Mourinho for the past
three seasons, Perez has now entrusted Ancelotti to take what is currently the
most expensive squad ever assembled in the history of the game the extra two
stages required to land Madrid's first Champions League trophy since 2002.
The arrival of Ancelotti is also likely to signal the beginning of major
moves in the transfer market from the Spanish giants who have so far just
exercised their right to buy-back Spanish under-21 international Dani Carvajal
from Bayer Leverkusen and converted 21-year-old Brazilian Casemiro's loan deal
from Sao Paulo into a permanent move in recent weeks.
The purchase of Malaga midfielder Isco for a price in the region of €30m is
also expected to be completed this week as Real look set to beat off strong
competition from Manchester City for the highly rated Spanish international.
Real have also been strongly linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur's
Gareth Bale and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, however one of Ancelotti's first jobs
may be to sanction a few transfers out of the club to create the funds for future
Striker Gonzalo Higuain has spoken of his desire to leave the club and his
father admitted on Sunday that the player was close to reaching an agreement
with both Arsenal and Juventus.