Real Madrid have announced they have sacked Carlo Ancelotti as head coach.

The Italian coach has been widely expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer after a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season, which saw Madrid lose out to Barcelona in the Liga title race and exit the Champions League at the semi-final stage at the hands of Juventus.

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The reigning European champions have now confirmed they have parted ways with the man who delivered La Decima to the club.

Ancelotti delivered four trophies at Madrid in a remarkable 2014, as the Blancos won the Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has been linked with a return to AC Milan, where he won Serie A and two Champions League titles, with Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani heading to the Spanish capital to meet with Ancelotti. Rumours in England also linked West Ham with a shock approach for the former midfielder.

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However, the 55-year-old confirmed after Madrid’s 7-3 thrashing of Getafe that he intends to take a year’s sabbatical from the game in order to undergo surgery on a nervous complaint.

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Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed Ancelotti at Santiago Bernabeu.