'It's the only club I couldn't say no to' - Ancelotti opens up on leaving Everton

'It's the only club I couldn't say no to' - Ancelotti opens up on leaving Everton

Carlo Ancelotti has said Real Madrid is the only club he can never say no to. 

The Italian spent one and half seasons in England with Everton but left last summer to take up the vacant role at the Spanish capital following the departure of Zinedine Zidane.

Ancelotti, who had won the Champions League before with the Madrid-based club, dumped the Merseyside club despite having had a meeting a week before his depature to discuss new signings for the current season. 

Speaking on Monday, the 62-year-old revealed Madrid was the only club he would have left Everton for.

"I worked very well at Everton, but the call from Real Madrid came," he said. "I can understand that people at Everton were upset, but it's very difficult to say no to Real Madrid. I could say no to any team except Real Madrid. It's the only club I couldn't say no to".

Ancelotti joined Everton in December 2019, signing a deal until summer 2024.

He led the Toffees to a 12th spot finish, before settling for 10th in his first full season in charge. 

The Italian was also asked whether or not he will be interested in taking a managerial role with a national team. 

"I had the chance in 2018, but I gave it some thought and I must be honest, I like the day-to-day work and not just the games.

"I had a coach who said that a coach's job is the most beautiful one in the world when there are no games, but the truth is that the games bring the excitement and the pleasure of being in the dugout in the Champions League quarter-finals, for example,"

Ancelotti will lead his Real Madrid side on Tuesday night when they host Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie, a match they enjoy a 3-1 lead. 

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