‘Perez knew how to win me over’

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed how Real Madrid President Florentino Perez persuaded him to join Los Blancos.

The Italian tactician signed for the Santiago Bernabeu club from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and has told in his new book ‘Il Mio Albero di Natale’ [My Christmas Tree] how the chief got him to take the job.

“The President, Florentino Pérez, a very hospitable man, made me feel at home and took me to the trophy room,” he wrote.

“He obviously knew how to win me over: 'there's one missing', but there are nine together, all alongside each other. I had never seen them. He looked at me and repeated: 'beautiful, very beautiful, but there's one missing'.”

In extract in this morning’s Marca, Ancelotti goes on to talk about his relationship with his players, and last season’s Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

“I've said that the search for dialogue is fundamental, but I think it is essential to take great care about what is communicated.

“The option to not talk to a player may be down to not wanting them to think that we are taking the mickey out of them.

"What a game it was against Barcelona in the Champions League! Every time I think about it again I'm more convinced that we deserved to go through and get into the semi-finals against Bayern Munich. [In the first leg] our error was being too psychologically dependant".

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