Ancelotti leaves Milan For Chelsea

May 31, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog 
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Chelsea have confirmed Carlo Ancelotti as there new man in charge after Milan’s manager of eight years left San Siro by mutual consent today.
Despite being one of Milan’s most successful coaches of all-time, having led them to the 2004 Serie A title and two UEFA Champions League crowns, he has been deemed surplus to requirements.

“In agreement with the club we have decided to terminate the contract a year early,” he told Sky Italia.

“My wonderful experience with this side ends today. I thank all the players, directors, fans and everyone involved.

“I think it ends in the right way and is probably the right choice for both of us. The respect and affection remains with all the people who over the years participated in this adventure.”

Milan’s England midfielder David Beckham paid tribute to the departing coach.

“With Carlo Ancelotti leaving AC Milan, it is the end of an era, the end of some extraordinary years,” Beckham said on the club’s website. “But wherever he goes, they will be a fortunate club to have him as their coach.”

Brazil star Kaka also thanked Ancelotti for the impact he has had on his own career.

The 2007 World Footballer of the Year said: “He is a person I have a very strong bond with thanks to these six years that I have spent here with him as my coach at Milan.

“I am grateful for what he has done for me and for what he has taught me.

“He gave me the opportunity to be known as a footballer across the world and I have won a lot with him. I wish him all the best in everything.”

Although not explicitly naming him, Ancelotti hinted he would love to sign Kaka for whichever club he ends up at next.

The news of his departure is likely to heighten speculation regarding an imminent move to Chelsea, with the Blues searching for a replacement for the outgoing Guus Hiddink

News update

Former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed Chelsea manager on a three-year deal.

The Italian left the Rossoneri on Sunday after guiding them to a third-place finish in Serie A.

He replaces Russian international coach Guus Hiddink who ended his stint at Stamford Bridge by clinching the FA Cup over the weekend.

“Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job,” read a statement on the Chelsea website.

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