Ancelotti In – Benzema & Balotelli Next For Napoli?

Carlo Ancelotti returns to coach in Italy after a nine-year break (Photo credit Reuters/Juan Medina)

“I feel truly happy and honored to be coach of a team that represents a unique city and fanbase. Forza Napoli forever!”

The words of Carlo Ancelotti, after agreeing a three-year contract to become the new boss of Serie A runners-up, Napoli.

A three-time Champions League winner as a coach, the Italian is back in his homeland in a management role nine years after leaving AC Milan, with whom he also won the competition twice as a player.

He replaces Maurizio Sarri, who looks set to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

“I’m very happy to return to my country and to one of the greatest teams in Italy. We come to compete and give Napoli all our knowledge and experience. We are thrilled by this challenge and to open a new stage in Calcio,” Ancelotti noted.

“I want to thank the president for trusting me in a project that I love and for the chance to get to know one of the best clubs in Italy. To all of them I say that we will work hard and very professionally to reach our goals that we all want. I hope we can all enjoy together.”

Speculation has already linked the new boss with moves for Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Mario Balotelli (Nice), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) and Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

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