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Perez: Ancelotti deal hinges on Blanc

June 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is hopeful that Carlo Ancelotti can be installed as the club's new coach soon as Laurent Blanc moves closer to taking over at Paris Saint-Germain.

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Former France coach Blanc arrived in Parison Monday night and, according to reports in France, is expected to finalise his talks with the club on Tuesday.

That would clear the way for Ancelotti, who last month revealed that he wants to leave the French champions, to take up the vacancy at the Bernabeu left by Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea.

Perez told Spanish daily 20minutos in an interview on Monday evening that, while there has been nothing agreed with Ancelotti yet, he aims to get the Italian on board as soon as possible.

"As of today nothing is signed," he said. "It could be tomorrow [Tuesday] that PSG announces an agreement which allows him to move to Madrid.

"Hopefully everything goes well. My coach is Ancelotti."

When asked what the deal was dependent upon, he added: "That PSG reach an agreement with Ancelotti and announce their new coach, Blanc.

"PSG president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] is an open-minded man. He was a professional tennis player and is very young. He is a modern president."