Carlo Ancelotti 'turned down Inter Milan because of LOVE for AC Milan'

Carlo Ancelotti ‘turned down offer to coach Inter Milan because of his LOVE for former club AC Milan’, opting for Real Madrid return instead after walking out on Everton

  • Carlo Ancelotti was approached by Inter Milan, according to a report in Spain
  • The 61-year-old coach rejected the offer to avoid ‘betraying’ old club AC Milan 
  • The report in AS also said Ancelotti took a huge pay cut to leave Everton for Real
  • Ancelotti had an Everton contract until 2024 but has returned to the Bernabeu 

New Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti was offered the chance to coach Serie A champions Inter Milan but rejected the move out of love for his old club AC Milan, according to a report from Spain.

Ancelotti was announced as Real coach on Tuesday for the second time after unexpectedly walking out on 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 long awaited ‘La Decima’, Real’s 10th European Cup in 2014, proved more alluring than trying to engineer a top-six finish with Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti, pictured with Kaka, turned down an offer from Inter Milan due to his ties to AC

According to AS, Ancelotti told Inter he couldn’t betray AC Milan fans by coaching their rivals

But Real were not the first club to make a move for the charismatic Italian, according to Spanish newspaper AS, who say that Inter Milan wanted Ancelotti to succeed the recently departed Antonio Conte. 

But the report in AS said that the 61-year-old instantly rejected the move to take the top job at Inter due to his ties with their crosstown rivals AC Milan, where he was a hit as a player and a coach.

Ancelotti had established himself as a midfielder with Roma and won the Serie A title plus four Coppa Italias with the club, but his career really took off when he moved to an AC Milan side led by visionary coach Arrigo Sacchi.

Ancelotti won successive European Cups with AC Milan and later also won the continent’s most coveted prize as a Milan coach, beating Juventus in the 2003 final and Liverpool in 2007. 

The report in AS claims Ancelotti told the people at Inter who sounded him out that as he had made his name at AC as a player and then a coach who won two Champions League crowns, he could not ‘betray’ fans of the Rossoneri.

Ancelotti, pictured with president Florentino Perez, has become Real coach for a second time

Ancelotti turned down the chance to take over at newly crowned Serie A champions Inter

The report also said Ancelotti agreed to take a huge pay cut in order to leave Everton for Real, who were left without a coach after Zinedine Zidane stepped down the previous week. 

‘Ancelotti is a man who is guided by emotions and feelings, not by money. That’s why he accepted Real Madrid’s offer despite the fact he fact he would see his salary almost halved,’ said the report.

‘At Madrid he found happiness on a professional and personal level. His love for Milan opened the doors to him of another love, that of the Santiago Bernabeu’. 

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