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Carlo’s lov­ing ‘am­bi­tious project’... and he’s ready to put the years in this time

- By STEVE BATES @steve­bates_peo­ple Sports · Soccer · Soccer Business · Everton F.C. · Everton · A.C. Milan · Milan · Serie A · Carlo Ancelotti · Paris Saint-Germain FC · Chelsea · Paris · Real Madrid F.C. · Madrid · FC Bayern Munich · Munich · Bavaria · Bavaria · S.S.C. Napoli · Naples · Liverpool Football Club · France · France national football team · Spain · Spain national football team · Germany · Germany national football team · Italy National Football Team · Italy · Stamford Bridge stadium · Liverpool · Newcastle United Football Club · James Rodríguez · Lucas Digne · Farhad Moshiri

CARLO ANCELOTTI has re­vealed he wants to stay at Ever­ton “for years” af­ter ad­mit­ting that he’s lov­ing life at Good­i­son Park.

The famed Ital­ian boss is ap­proach­ing a year in charge next month with Ever­ton fly­ing in a pow­er­ful start to the sea­son.

Apart from al­most eight years at AC Mi­lan – where he won two Serie A ti­tles and two Euro­pean Cups – Ancelotti has only stayed a cou­ple of sea­sons or less at most of his other clubs in­clud­ing Chelsea, Paris Saint-Ger­main, Real Madrid, Bay­ern Mu­nich and Napoli, de­spite win­ning tro­phies.

But with Ever­ton prov­ing to be the sea­son’s sur­prise pack­age, thriv­ing un­der Ancelotti’s ex­pe­ri­enced guid­ance, the Ital­ian wants his stay on Mersey­side to be longer than his stints in France, Spain, Ger­many, Italy or at Stam­ford Bridge.

And he be­lieves the dif­fer­ent dy­namic of Ever­ton’s quest for suc­cess makes that goal more than pos­si­ble.

Ancelotti said: “I think ev­ery club has its own dif­fer­ent project, its own goal.

“If you go to Mi­lan, Real Madrid, it’s clear that the

OUT Richarli­son is banned af­ter his red card against

Liver­pool tar­get is to win. Here at Ever­ton, for now, the tar­get is to be com­pet­i­tive in the Premier League and Europe – to reach Europe next sea­son.

“It is a bit dif­fer­ent. But the fact that I feel good here means I would like to stay more than two or three years that I have usu­ally done in the past at teams where I’ve trained.

“I would like to stay a lit­tle bit more be­cause the project is a bit dif­fer­ent. Of course we would like to win, and I think we are go­ing to win, but it takes time. It is go­ing to take a lit­tle bit more time than at the other top teams that I man­aged.”

From the mo­ment he sat down with Good­i­son’s ma­jor share­holder, Ira­nian busi­ness­man Farhad Moshiri, a year ago, Ancelotti knew suc­cess would not be in­stant and Ever­ton’s board would be more pa­tient than for­mer em­ploy­ers Real Madrid or Bay­ern Mu­nich, who are so used to win­ning.

Ancelotti re­called: “The start­ing point was at the meet­ing be­fore I signed the con­tract here. The project we spoke about was re­ally clear and am­bi­tious, and so for this rea­son I signed.

“And I am re­ally happy here. I like where I live and where I work.”

De­spite set­ting the pace in the open­ing weeks of the cam­paign Ancelotti is re­al­is­tic enough to know Ever­ton are long­shots to last the course un­til May.

He ad­mit­ted that his first tar­get is to make sure they qual­ify for Europe, as he heads to New­cas­tle with­out in­jured James Ro­driguez and Sea­mus Cole­man, as well as the sus­pended pair, Richarli­son and Lu­cas Digne.

Al­though he’s en­joy­ing hav­ing the time to pre­pare his team while top- six ri­vals jug­gle Cham­pi­ons and Europa League the Ital­ian rel­ishes the prospect of a hec­tic schedule.

He added: “The tar­get for this sea­son is re­ally clear. It doesn’t mat­ter that we lost one game.

“It doesn’t mat­ter that we are at the top of the ta­ble at this mo­ment.

“Of course, if the league fin­ished now we would be cham­pi­ons, but that is not our first tar­get. Our first tar­get is to be play­ing in the Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions next sea­son.

“We have the pos­si­bil­ity to train more now and pre­pare well phys­i­cally and tac­ti­cally. You can pre­pare the strat­egy.

“We have a lot of time now – but hon­estly I would pre­fer that next sea­son we are in Europe and don’t have time to train.”

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