Finally it has happened! Real Madrid have officially announced Carlo Ancelotti as new manager for the first team on a three season deal.
He will be presented as new manager tomorrow (26 June) at 1PM CET where he will sign the contract and address the press.
This ends the 25 day “ordeal” of not having a manager, the most days the club has gone without a manager for the first team. With his arrival, one can expect flurry of transfers before the pre-season kicks in next month.
Quotes about Carlo Ancelotti
Arrigo Sacchi: “Ancelotti was a guarantee. Berlusconi asked for him when I arrived at Milan. He was a master. He had great willpower, great availability and humility. He was better than all. He positioned well, was ahead of the play and played in whatever position was reliable for the team. He is a great individual for football and collectively at a great level.”
Paolo Maldini: “Of all the coaches I’ve had, he’s the one who has handled the locker room so calmly. He avoids worrying and tension, and so the team could remain peaceful. The secret of our victories was normal. Not only the things that he does, and this shows great intelligence. So he can win trophies anywhere: Milan, Chelsea, or at Real Madrid”
Thiago Silva: “Carlo understands the player like no one else. He knows the profession from within, knows how to talk to the squad and is used to handling locker rooms with big stars. He proposes attacking football. He always thinks of winning and has done so in all the countries where he’s been”
Costacurta: “I would like to be as calm as Carlo. From him I learned the perfect management of the locker room”
Zlatan Ibrahimovich: “I have worked with great managers but never one that has a relationship with his players. It is key to his success. He is elegant even when he speaks. His method is gentle and very patient. He makes the players feel safe.”
Pirlo: “Ancelotti is a wise choice for the team that chooses him as footballing wise is a very good bet. Additionally he knows how to treat the players and so fits well in the locker room.”
Lucas Moura: “Ancelotti is a 10 as a person. He knows how to treat well the youngsters as well as the veterans. He reads the game with perfection and makes the player feel happy on the pitch based on their style.”
Fabio Cannavaro: “He has a lot of experience and he is not only a good coach but also is a professional who always has good relationship with his players. Everyone is comfortable with him.”