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Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos hints Real Madrid should not have sacked Carlo Ancelotti

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque described former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as 'a man who made his mark in Spanish football'.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has implicitly criticised the sacking of ex-boss Carlo Ancelotti, while saying that likely successor Rafa Benitez is a "great coach."

Ancelotti was relieved of his duties by Blancos president Florentino Perez last week after the 2014-15 season ended in disappointment, despite the Italian having won the Champions League and Copa del Rey in his first campaign in charge.

Former Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Benitez, who left Napoli last weekend with the team...

 By Rob Train

Benitez is likely Real Madrid's new manager - here's his pros and cons

The ESPN FC panel react to reports that Rafael Benitez will be named Real Madrid manager, where Sergio Ramos appears to questions the club's choice to oust Carlo Ancelotti.
 

Barring a completely unexpected U-turn, Rafa Benitez will be presented as the new coach of Real Madrid on Wednesday, replacing the recently-sacked Carlo Ancelotti.

The Santiago Bernabeu club's pursuit of the former Napoli manager, who left his post after the final game of the Serie A season on Sunday, has been an open secret for some weeks but is it the right decision?

As with any managerial appointment, it could go either way and much will depend on his relationship with the players, the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Real Madrid set to present Rafa Benitez on Wednesday

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez announces his exit from the club after their last game against Lazio.

Real Madrid will present Rafa Benitez as their new manager on Wednesday.

The presentation is set for 1 p.m. local time.

The former Napoli manager has spent the past two days working at Valdebebas training center and met with Real Madrid's general director Jose Angel Sanchez as well as the director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno, according to Spanish media.

The 55-year-old arrived in the Spanish capital on Monday afternoon ahead of finalising his contract.

"I am ready, I can't...

 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan say Carlo Ancelotti has turned down coaching offer

A disappointing season for Real Madrid by their lofty standards, having failed to win La Liga or the Champions League and the campaign ending with the sacking of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The ESPN FC crew assess Florentino Perez's current reign as Real Madrid's president and his tendency to fire managers at the club.
The ESPN FC experts discuss the possibility of Rafael Benitez taking over as Real Madrid's manager.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque described former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as 'a man who made his mark in Spanish football'.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley is back from vacation and sounds off on Managers trying to be too clever for their own good.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Rafael Benitez's coaching career and the possibility of him taking over Carlo Ancelotti's job at Real Madrid.
The ESPN FC team talk about Florentino Perez's track record of sacking managers at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti has turned down the opportunity to return to coach AC Milan next season, the Serie A club have announced on Tuesday.

The former Real Madrid coach had held talks with Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani in Madrid last week, but after taking a few days to consider the offer, he called Galliani on Tuesday night to say he was turning him down.

Instead, the 55-year-old is expected to take a one-year break from the game to cure a long-standing back problem. He is due to undergo surgery...