Carlo Ancelotti frontrunner for Real Madrid jobby Jack Kitson / 02 May 2013, 09:48Tweet
With Jose Mourinho set to switch Spain for England this summer, rumours are gathering pace that Carlo Ancelotti will succeed him at the Bernabeu. The experienced Italian is currently leading Paris Saint-Germain’s assault on the French league and in Europe but could be tempted by the Real Madrid job should Mourinho inevitably leave for a return to former club Chelsea.
Ancelotti has an exceptional CV having won trophies in Italy and England, while a league title in France is on the way. In his home county he enjoyed immense success with AC Milan, with whom he led to the Serie A title, 2 domestic cups, 2 Champions League trophies along with a Super Cup and Club World Cup. He joined Chelsea in the summer of 2009 and by the end of the season he had already won the league and cup double.
The Italian was inexcusably sacked towards the end of the 2010/11 season after failing to win any silverware, but was back in the dugout seven months later with Ligue 1 side PSG on a deal reportedly worth €6 million per year. The French side finished runners-up to Montpellier at the end of the 2011/12 season but are rapidly closing in on their first league title in 19 years - there are nine points separating them from second-placed Marseille with just four games remaining.
Ancelotti is currently the hot 4/6 favourite with Sky Bet in the Next Real Madrid Market. Athletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is next in the running at 10/1, while Spurs' Andre Villas-Boas, 12/1, could be set to follow in Mourinho's footsteps for a third time. Meanwhile Chelsea's interim boss Rafa Benitez, who is also priced at 12/1, is believed to be very eager to land the high-profile job.