Carlo Ancelotti ‘rejected offer to coach Inter Milan because of his LOVE for former club AC Milan’, opting instead for Real Madrid return after leaving Everton
- Carlo Ancelotti was approached by Inter Milan, according to a report in Spain
- The 61-year-old coach turned down the offer not to ‘betray’ old club AC Milan
- The report in AS also said Ancelotti took a huge pay cut to leave Everton for Real
- Ancelotti had a contract with Everton until 2024, but has returned to Bernabeu
New Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti was offered the chance to coach Serie A champions Inter Milan but turned down the move out of love for his old club AC Milan, according to a report from Spain.
Ancelotti was announced as Real’s manager for the second time on Tuesday after unexpectedly leaving Everton, despite having three years left on his contract with the Merseyside club.
Ultimately, returning to the Spanish giants, where he is loved for delivering the highly anticipated ‘La Decima’, Real’s 10th European Cup in 2014, proved more appealing than trying to achieve a top six finish with Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti, pictured with Kaka, turned down an offer from Inter Milan because of his ties to AC
According to AS, Ancelotti told Inter he couldn’t betray AC Milan fans by coaching their rivals
But Real was not the first club to make a move for the charismatic Italian, according to the Spanish newspaper AS, who say Inter Milan wanted Ancelotti to succeed the recently departed Antonio Conte.
But the report in AS said the 61-year-old immediately rejected the move to the top job at Inter due to his ties to their city rivals AC Milan, where he was a hit as a player and coach.
Ancelotti had established himself as a midfielder for Roma, winning the Serie A title plus four Coppa Italias with the club, but his career really took off when he moved to AC Milan under the guidance of visionary coach Arrigo Sacchi.
Ancelotti won consecutive European Cups with AC Milan and later also won the continent’s most coveted prize as Milan coach, beating Juventus in the final in 2003 and Liverpool in 2007.
The AS report claims that Ancelotti told the people at Inter who polled him that since he made his name at AC as a player and then as a coach who won two Champions League crowns, he could not “betray” the fans of the Rossoneri ‘.
Ancelotti, pictured with President Florentino Perez, has become Real coach for the second time tweede
Ancelotti skipped the chance to take over from recently crowned Serie A champions Inter. off
The report also stated that Ancelotti agreed to make a massive pay cut to leave Everton for Real, who were left without a coach after Zinedine Zidane stepped down last week.
‘Ancelotti is a man who is guided by emotions and feelings, not by money. That is why he accepted Real Madrid’s offer, despite the fact that he would see his salary almost halved,” the report said.
“In Madrid he found happiness on a professional and personal level. His love for Milan opened for him the doors of another love, that of Santiago Bernabeu’.