Ancelotti leaves PSG to take over at Madrid

Nine-time European champions Real Madrid CF have named four-time winner Carlo Ancelotti as coach after Paris Saint-Germain FC agreed to part company with the 54-year-old.

Carlo Ancelotti succeeds José Mourinho at Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti succeeds José Mourinho at Real Madrid ©AFP/Getty Images

Carlo Ancelotti has been unveiled as José Mourinho's replacement as Real Madrid CF coach after French champions Paris Saint-Germain FC parted company with the 54-year-old contract having agreed a deal with Laurent Blanc.

Ancelotti, formerly in charge of Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea FC, arrives at the Santiago Bernabéu following the departure of Mourinho, whose three-season spell in charge of the nine-time European champions ended last month. He has agreed a three-year deal with Madrid and will be formally presented on Wednesday.

Ancelotti, who has also been at the helm of AC Reggiana 1919 and Parma FC during a coaching career that began in 1995, led PSG to their first top-flight title in 19 years last term. It was his first full season in Paris, having taken the reins in December 2011. He also steered PSG to last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, where they lost to FC Barcelona on away goals.

Ancelotti enjoyed huge success while a player with Milan, winning both the Scudetto and the European Cup on two occasions (he also won the title and four Coppa Italias with AS Roma). He emulated those achievements as coach, guiding the Rossoneri to Serie A glory in 2004 and UEFA Champions League triumphs in 2003 and 2007. He left Milan for Chelsea in 2009 and oversaw a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first campaign.

The former Italy midfielder's new employers finished second in the Spanish Liga last season and were knocked out in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the third year in a row. The Merengues will begin their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign in the group stage.