CARLO ANCELOTTI has opened up on his shock 2013 exit from Paris Saint-Germain – revealing he quit after a row with club bosses.
The Italian boss, now 62, was the first managerial hire under the Qatari regime following the mega-money takeover in 2011.
Ancelotti replaced Antoine Kombouare midway through the 2011-12 season – but announced his intention to quit and join Real Madrid just a year later.
The former Chelsea chief – who prepares to lead his Los Blancos side out at the Etihad for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City – has now revealed why his relationship with the blossoming French club soured.
Ancelotti told Spanish outlet Universo Valdano: “I [joined PSG] thanks to [sporting director] Leonardo, who I managed as a player.
"It was a club that Qatar had recently bought. I really liked the project and there wasn’t a manager yet.
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“We started to change the structure of training sessions, to put in a kitchen etcetera because French players arrive half an hour before training and leave half an hour afterwards.
"I liked the project, but in the second year they weren’t so happy with me.”
Ancelotti explained: “Before a Champions League match in which we were already through to the knockouts, we had lost a league game [2-1 vs Nice] before winning [4-0 vs Evian].
"But [PSG bosses] told me that if I didn’t beat Porto, they would sack me.
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"I told them, 'How can you say that to me? It breaks our trust.'
"I decided to leave in February, even if they wanted to renew me.”
Ancelotti quit PSG to join Real Madrid in the summer, where he wouldwin one Champions League crown in his two-year stay, before joining Bayern Munich.
The Italian won the Bundesliga title in his sole season in Germany, before taking charge of Napoli – following a year break – in 2018.
Ancelotti briefly took charge of Everton between December 2019 and the summer of 2021, before returning to Real Madrid – replacing Zinedine Zidane.
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The Real boss has seen his side storm to the top of the LaLiga table – now one point away from winning the league crown, 15 points clear of Barcelona with just five games to play.
Ancelotti will hope to make it a Double, as Madrid take on Man City in their Champions League semi-final following their superb comeback over Chelsea in the last-eight.
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