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Ancelotti named Real Madrid coach

Real Madrid reaches three-year deal with ex-PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid reaches three-year deal with ex-PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti.
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Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed Real Madrid coach on a three-year contract.

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The 54-year-old Italian was widely reported as the front-runner to replace Jose Mourinho, who has returned to manage Ancelotti's former club Chelsea, at the Bernabeu despite being under contract with French champions Paris St Germain.

It is not known whether compenasation was paid to PSG, but a statement published on the club's website read: "Carlo Michelangelo Ancelotti will coach Real Madrid next season.

"The Italian has experienced success in every country where he has managed and arrives in the Spanish capital after being named coach of the season in France."

The signing will be formalised in the stadium's royal box Wednesday before he holds his first press conference.

Former France manager Laurent Blanc, meanwhile, replaces the Italian at the Parc des Princes on a two-year deal.

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A two-time Champions League winner with AC Milan, Ancelotti has won domestic league titles in three different countries during spells with the Rossoneri, Chelsea and PSG.

His eight-year stint at San Siro, where he had previously enjoyed five successful season as a player, also saw him claim the Serie A title, two UEFA Super Cups, the Club World Cup, two Coppa Italia trophies and the Italian Supercoppa alongside Champions League triumphs in 2003 and 2007.

A move to Chelsea to succeed Guus Hiddink materialised in 2009 and, after lifting the Community Shield in his first competitive game as Blues boss, he guided the Londoners to a league and FA Cup double in 2010. He was, however, sacked in May 2011 after Manchester United reclaimed the Premier League title.

After six months out of the game, ambitious PSG lured Ancelotti to Paris in December 2011 and he clinched the Ligue 1 title at the end of his first full season in charge.

Real's priority remains securing the Champions League trophy for the first time since 2002 and Ancelotti's record in the competition is likely to have helped him edge out his rivals for the position.

The club are also determined to reclaim the Primera Division title from Barcelona after Mourinho's last season in charge saw Real finish a disappointing 15 points shy of the Catalans.

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