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Ex-Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant reveals Everton training visit and Duncan Ferguson invite

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Paul Clement has revealed he was invited to Everton training – and a meal with Duncan Ferguson – by Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was appointed at Goodison Park.

Clement worked as assistant to Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich before embarking on his own managerial career with spells at Derby County and Swansea City.

The 49-year-old helped Ancelotti to the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge as well as the famous ‘La Decima’ triumph with Real Madrid as Los Blancos lifted their 10th Champions League crown in 2014.

Clement has remained in touch with the Everton manager and admitted he was his guest in Liverpool following his arrival in December 2019.

The former Reading manager told the Official Everton Podcast of Ancelotti: “He is single-handedly the most influential coach and person on my career and it is also a great pleasure to be a good friend now.

“We keep in touch and our families are friends. I’ve been to Everton once!

“I stayed at his house and he took me out for dinner with Duncan, the legend!

“It was good, the three of us out for dinner in Liverpool, and I went to Finch Farm and watched training. The hailstones were coming down!”

The former Reading manager told the Official Everton Podcast of Ancelotti: “He is single-handedly the most influential coach and person on my career and it is also a great pleasure to be a good friend now.

“We keep in touch and our families are friends. I’ve been to Everton once!

“I stayed at his house and he took me out for dinner with Duncan, the legend!

“It was good, the three of us out for dinner in Liverpool, and I went to Finch Farm and watched training. The hailstones were coming down!”

Clement also insisted ‘he knows’ Ancelotti is keen to stay at Goodison Park for the long-term and ‘build’ a ‘very successful’ team.

When asked if he felt it was a coup for Everton to appoint three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti, Clement added: “Of course.

“When he left Napoli there were a few clubs interested.

“But first of all, I was glad to see him back in the Premier League, because 10 years earlier it was unfortunate to see him leave Chelsea having come second in the league, with the year before winning the double.

“He is a top coach and I am sure he has a lot of affection for working in England and the Premier League as well.

“When he went back, I thought that was great. A lot of the world-leading coaches are in the Premier League now and Everton, Carlo is such a down-to-earth humble guy, I can see that being a good match, good for Everton and good for Carlo.

“I believe he has settled well in the area and is very much part of life in Liverpool and I know he wants to try and build the team and make it very successful.”

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