Everton ‘target’ David Moyes as Real Madrid close in on Carlo Ancelotti return

Carlo Ancelotti is close to sealing a sensational return to Real Madrid this summer – and David Moyes could be set to replace him at Everton.

Ancelotti enjoyed great success in his previous tenure as Madrid boss, guiding the club to their famous 10th European Cup in 2014.

Reports in Spain suggest the 61-year-old is now on the verge of heading back for a second stint following Zinedine Zidane's shock resignation last week, meaning he will depart Everton after only 18 months in the hot-seat.

And according to the Daily Mail, Moyes is being lined up by Toffees chiefs as a potential replacement for him.

The Scot, who has secured Europa League football for West Ham next season, spent 11 years at Goodison Park before Manchester United came calling in 2013.

He is not the only manager on Everton's shortlist, however, with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and ex-Bournemouth gaffer Eddie Howe also in contention.

Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether Moyes would be open to departing West Ham, who finished six points and four places ahead of Everton in the Premier League this season, and heading back to his old club.

He guided the Merseyside club to great heights in his previous spell in charge, sealing Champions League qualification with a fourth-place finish in 2005.

Ancelotti has not enjoyed similar fortunes since arriving at Goodison in December 2019, finishing 12th last term before coming 10th in his first full season at the helm.

The Italian was asked about a potential return to Madrid only two weeks ago, shutting down the idea of a second stint at the Bernabeu and instead pledging his future to Everton.

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"This is good publicity for me to be linked with Real Madrid but it is not true," he said.

"I am really happy to stay here. We have difficulties, of course, but I feel good at Everton and my target is to make Everton better and better every year."

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