Everton are set to part ways with Carlo Ancelotti as he opts to return to Spain with Real Madrid following the departure of Zinedine Zidane earlier in the month.
The former Chelsea and PSG boss was with Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015, winning 89 of his 119 games in charge and winning both the Copa del Rey and Champions League in 2013/14.
Although Ancelotti admitted his sadness at leaving and didn't rule out a future return, the move will come as a shock following the four-and-a-half-year deal he signed with Everton in December of 2019.
The Italian boss led the club to a twelfth place finish last season and oversaw the arrival of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure – but they could only manage two places higher this time out.
Spanish outlet Marca report that Ancelotti is the favourite to become the next Real coach, and that his signing will be announced in the next few hours if everything goes to plan.
They add that while PSG have refused to enter talks over the future of Mauricio Pochettino, that the complicated situation of Antonio Conte leaving Inter made that move unlikely.
Ancelotti led the club to the famous tenth Champions League title despite injuries to Karim Benzema and Luka Modric – making him a hero among fans despite his later departure.
Although Everton fans had high hopes after watching the team move to the top of the table in October, three wins from their last 12 matches provided a dim end to the campaign.
He said of his plans for the future earlier this month: “I still believe we are on the right way to fight and compete for the first positions in the Premier League, considering what happened this season.
“We were really more and more competitive at the beginning of the season. this season confirmed the fact that we were really competitive, above all against the strongest teams in the competition, against United, Liverpool, Chelsea.
“We got results from those games and that gave confidence to me and to the club for the future. The team has improved, and I am sure of this: the team will be more competitive.”
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Adding: “We wanted to fight until the last minute of the last game for Europe, and we are there. We are confident, we are ready, because we are strong away.
“The motivation is really high, the pressure also, because this is the biggest game of the season, but mentally we are ready.
“We have shown we can perform against the best teams – against Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester, United. I am confident we will be able to repeat this kind of game at City.”
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