Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Real Madrid as a coach for a second time, having previously coached Everton in England.
The Italian, who previously led the Madrid-based club from 2013 to 2015, has agreed to a three-year contract at the Bernabeu. He takes over for Zinedine Zidane, who left Real Madrid last week after the club’s first trophyless season in more than a decade.
“Carlo Ancelotti will be the new first-team coach for the next three seasons,” read a brief statement from Real Madrid.
On Wednesday, he will sign his contract and be introduced to the media.
Ancelotti had been in charge at Goodison Park since December 2019, when he led Everton to a 10th-place finish in the Premier League.
The 61-year-old, who has one of the most decorated CVs in world football, won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014, assisting the Spaniards to their fabled “Decima” (10th) European title, before being fired a year later.
He is one of three coaches, along with former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane, to have won the European Cup or Champions League three times, having also led AC Milan to victory in 2003 and 2007.
In his 26-year managerial career, Ancelotti has also coached Juventus, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Zidane recently took aim at his former club and team President Florentino Perez, denying claims that he was tired of coaching and blaming his decision to leave the club on a lack of trust.
In an open letter published on Monday in the Diario AS newspaper, Zidane stated that the first time he stepped down as coach in 2018 was because he felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the top after so much success.