Carlo Ancelloti’s contract with Real Madrid has been terminated after two seasons with the club and failure to get silverware this season. President Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday,”The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelloti of his duties,” he said. Ancelloti had a three-year contract that was to end next season but unfortunately he only spent two seasons at the club.
The 55-year old Italian coach led Real Madrid to a record-extending 10th European crown to claim ‘La Decima’ in his first season in charge when they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in the Champions League final in June 2014. It was Ancelloti’s third Champions League title as manager. He also won it twice with AC Milan in 2007 and 2013.
However this season it was not to be as they were eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals by Juventus while also losing the Spanish La Liga to Barcelona, who won it for the fifth time in seven years. In his term, Ancelloti failed to win the La Liga title since he joined from French side Paris St-German in 2013 but he won the European Super cup, kings cup and Club World cup. Club President Perez told a news conference it had not been an easy season before thanking Ancelloti and adding that a new manager would be appointed next week.
He added,”What did Ancelloti do wrong? I don’t know. The demands here at Real Madrid are very high. The affection that the players and fans have for Carlo is the same affection I myself have for him,” he said. Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is the likely favourite to take over the club once the Italian season ends. Others to have been linked with the vacancy are German Juergen Klopp, who has left Borussia Dortmund and former Madrid player Michel, who was once in charge of the B team at Real amongst others.
Ancelloti told the Italian Daily Il Giornale on Monday that he was suffering from Cervical Stenosis and would take a year off to travel to Vancouver for an operation. The Italian still thinks he will get the same opportunities a year after his operation as he was called up by English, Italian and German teams.