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Ancelotti replaces Mourinho in Madrid

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Real Madrid have confirmed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager after the Italian signed a three-year contract with the club.
The Spanish giants have been on the lookout for a new head coach since confirming Jose Mourinho would leave the Bernabeu at the end of last season.Ancelotti has been Los Blancos' number one target since Mourinho left the club but the process of bringing him to Madrid has been a long saga after Paris Saint-Germain refused to let him go.

The 54-year-old guided the Parisians to the Ligue 1 title last season but then made it clear he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes.

However, PSG said his title success had activated a clause in his contract which extended his deal by another year.

Despite having a deal with the French club, Ancelotti has been granted permission to finally move after PSG were able to bring in Laurent Blanc as the Italian's replacement.

Blanc has signed a two-year contract with the French capital club, leaving the way clear for Real to confirm Ancelotti's appointment after weeks of speculation.

A Real statement read: "Carlo Michelangelo Ancelotti will be the coach of 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.

"Familiar with the pressure of managing big teams on the continent, the Italian is guaranteed to manage an exciting project."

Ancelotti faces a daunting task in trying to knock Barcelona off their pedestal in La Liga, the Blaugrana having strolled to the Spanish title last season.

Barca are 1.66 to retain their domestic crown, while Real are 2.25 to wrestle it away from them.

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