Real Madrid have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will be their new manager.
The Italian has signed a three-year contract with Los Blancos after leaving French champions PSG.
54-year-old former midfielder Ancelotti has a distinguished record as a professional manager.
He started his dugout career at Reggiana in 1995, before rocketing through the ranks of the Serie A’s best clubs.
From Parma he moved to Juventus, where he won the Intertoto Cup in 1999, and secured a move to AC Milan.
As manager of the Rossoneri, Ancelotti achieved stunning success, winning the Serie A once, the Champions League twice, and five other trophies.
From 2009 to 2011, Ancelotti was manager of English Premier League side Chelsea, and helped them win a League and Cup Double in 2010, before being sacked by trigger happy Blues owner, Roman Abramovich.
He was the first Italian to win the Premier League.
From 2011 until today, Ancelotti had been manager of the ambitious football project underway at the Parc des Princes, and helped PSG win their first French top flight title in nearly 20 years last season, as well as progress impressively to the last-eight of the Uefa Champions League.
No-nonsense yet affable, Ancelotti is a manager who inspires great respect in his players.
Schooled in traditionally defensive Italian football, his teams are hard well organised and hard to break down.
But as he has shown, especially at Milan and lately PSG, he has a liberal aspect to his management, and knows how to coax expressive displays from the creative talents at his disposal.
Ancelotti’s appointment to the manager’s job at Real Madrid makes for the exciting prospect of a more evenly balanced two-horse race in La Liga last season, after Real Madrid essentially surrendered their title before the mid-way point last time around.
At the same time as Madrid announced Ancelotti, PSG have confirmed that former France boss, Laurent Blanc, will succeed Ancelotti as manager at the Parc des Princes on a two-year deal.
Blanc quit as coach of Les Bleus after their exit from the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
He previously led Bordeaux to the Ligue 1 title in 2009.
By: Jared Chaitowitz
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