English Premer League side Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as the club’s new manager.
Ancelotti, who confirmed Sunday he was leaving AC Milan, has signed a three-year contract and will start work in London on July 1, Chelsea said. “Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions,” Chelsea said in a statement. “He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all round experience to the job.”
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Ancelotti steps into the vacancy left by the departure of Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, a temporary appointment following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s dismissal in February, who led Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Everton in Saturday’s FA Cup final. Speaking after Milan’s final game of the season on Sunday, a 2-0 win over Fiorentina, Ancelotti, 49, said he’d had “eight great years” at the club, which he led to one Serie A title and two Champions League successes. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed Sunday that Ancelotti would be replaced by former Brazilian international Leonardo.