Real Madrid stars James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have lead the tributes to Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was dismissed from his post on Monday.
The Italian was in charge for two years at the Santiago Bernabeu and won four trophies in that time, but paid the price for failing to win La Liga or the Champions League this season. Club president Florentino Perez admitted the decision to sack the 55-year-old had not been an easy one, but the directors want to keep taking the club forward.
As news of Ancelotti’s departure broke, many of the squad took to social media to thank him and wish him well for the future – lead by last season’s high profile signings Kroos and Rodriguez.
The German World Cup winner posted on Twitter: “¡Gracias Mister! It was a pleasure to work with you! I wish you all the best for the future.”
Rodriguez, who joined the club following his outstanding displays for Colombia last summer in Brazil, used the same social media platform to post a message. It read: “Thank you for everything boss, I soon learned a lot from you.”
Brazilian left-back Marcelo also got involved in the tributes, saying in his Twitter account: “Thank you for everything boss. You are a great coach. Farewell!”