Real Madrid ‘will confirm the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager in the next few hours’, according to report.
The Italian is prepared to leave Everton to return to the Bernabeu for a second spell after Zinedine Zidane’s own second tenure came to an end last week.
Ancelotti managed Real from 2013 to 2015, leading them to the 10th European Cup triumph against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon in 2014.
According to Marca, the 61-year-old is ‘the chosen one’ for the Spanish giants and his return will be made official very soon.
Ancelotti left Real on good terms with president Florentino Perez and the club’s hierarchy and the door was always open for a return.
If his return is confirmed, it will see Ancelotti leave his post at Goodison Park after one-and-a-half seasons.
After Zidane exited last week following a season without silverware, Real drew up a shortlist of replacements that included Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and club legends Raul and Xabi Alonso.
But the momentum behind a return for Ancelotti gathered strength over the weekend.