Ancelotti would not leave Everton for Real Madrid, says ex-player

Lewis Oldham
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ESPANA, MADRID - 13 APR: Ancelotti, Marcelo, rueda de prensa in Ciudad Deportiva Real Madrid (Valdebebas), for the next match Champions League 2014/15 Atletico de Madrid VS Real Madrid in Stadium Calderon (Madrid). 13th april of 2015 (Madrid). (Isa Saiz / Cordon Press).

Kevin Campbell has suggested that despite Everton’s “sour” end to the season, Carlo Ancelotti would turn down a return to Real Madrid so he can stay at Goodison Park.

Ancelotti is one of the most successful and respected managers in modern football. He is a three-time winner of the Champions League as a manager and he has won league titles in four different countries.

The Italian left Napoli in December 2019 after he spent a year and a half with the Serie A outfit.

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Ancelotti was not out of football for long as he took over at Everton later that month. He won eight of his first 19 Premier League games in charge as he guided the Toffees to a 12th-placed finish.

Everton were busy last summer as they brought in the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan. They started the season really strongly as they sat in the Champions League places at the end of 2020.

But their form dipped towards the end of the campaign as they ended up finishing tenth.

Zinedine Zidane looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer. Reports emerged earlier this month suggesting that Ancelotti could return to the Bernabeu to replace Zidane.

Campbell has told Goodison News that he does not see Ancelotti leaving Everton to rejoin Real Madrid:

“I’ve not heard the Ancelotti story from Madrid but I’m sure the people of Madrid are going to want a steady hand.

“For me, I can’t see Ancelotti doing it solely because he’s been there and done it, and is it going to be long-term or short-term?

“He’s got a project to do at Goodison, he likes Liverpool and he likes the project, and obviously with the new stadium they’re building up, there’s a plan and they want him to be the manager.

“Yes, it’s gone a little bit sour come the end of the season but he knows what’s needed and he’s doing it strategically. He’s not throwing loads of money at it, he’s doing it little by little and if you can do that then you can bring the squad forward.”