Real Madrid welcomed their new head coach Carlo Ancelotti at a press conference on Wednesday evening. However, according to a report by Telegraph Jose Mourinho was the first choice to replace Zidane by Real Madrid.
Ancelotti is returning to the club for his second spell at the Spanish Capital. His first spell at the club was between 2013-15. In his first season at Madrid, he lifted the Champions League trophy and the Copa Del Rey title.
While in the second season he went to win the Super Cup and the Club World Cup. However, despite his ongoing success, he was sacked in 2015 as he could not deliver the La Liga title.
But the Italian has returned to Spain for his second spell to replace Zidane. Before signing for Los Blancos, Ancelotti was managing Everton in England.
The 61-year-old was under contract at Goodison Park until the end of the 2023-24 season. But after the Toffees’ Champions League pursuit crumbled, eventually finishing the season in tenth place. Ancelotti terminated his contract to head back to the Spanish capital.
It is stated that the Italian has signed a contract with Madrid for next three years. However, it is revealed that he was not the first choice for the club as they approached Mourinho before signing Ancelotti.
Real Madrid wanted Mourinho to replace Zidane
As per an exclusive report by Telegraph, Jose Mourinho was approached on two occasions by Real Madrid about potentially returning to the Spanish Capital.
It is reported that the Portuguese was approached last week by Los Blancos. However, Mourinho knocked out the offer by making it clear that he had no interest in returning.
The special one managed Real Madrid from 2010-2103. In his three years spell, the Portuguese boss managed to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey title. And after three years it was Caro Ancelotti who took over his place at Los Blancos.
Mourinho was recently sacked by Tottenham in April with the club missing out of European competition. However, the Portuguese landed himself in Italy by signing a three-year contract with Roma.
The Special One has a stunning track record in Italian football having guided Inter Milan to a huge success during his stay. In 2009/10 he also led Inter to a treble-winning season, but he eventually departed for Real Madrid.
Mourinho is excited about his job at Roma from next season. His new president Dan Friedkin has also stated that he will help him with some transfers this summer. The special one will hope to continue his tremendous form in Italy with Roma.