By Joe Ellis

12th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

Doucoure opens up on Ancelotti's Everton exit: 'a little bit strange'

Everton central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed what the feeling around Goodison Park was like after Carlo Ancelotti’s exit.

The Frenchman enjoyed a good season under the experienced Italian last year and has continued to command the midfield under new manager Rafael Benitez.

But even though Ancelotti’s exit wasn’t what he necessarily desired, he admitted that when Real Madrid come calling, it was an easy choice.

“It felt a little bit strange of course,” Doucoure said to the Liverpool Echo, “I think when we see Carlo was wanted by Real Madrid, his choice was very easy I think.

“I worked only one year with Carlo, but that’s life. Some managers went, some players went, but the club stays.

“The most important thing for me is to stay focused on my game to try to improve, and that’s what I’ve tried to do this year.”

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Doucoure’s “that’s life” attitude on Ancelotti’s exit is exactly why he has kept his standards high under every manager he has worked with, both at Everton and his previous clubs.

Even with the Toffees’ struggling in the Premier League this season under Benitez, Doucoure has nailed down a starting birth in the side.

His attitude to the managerial merry-go-round that is football and the movement of players is exactly the attitude every player should aim to have and his leadership qualities need to be recognised.

Doucoure needs to be a player that this new-look Everton side has to be built around and they have already started the movement with Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson having joined the club in January.

In other Everton news, Lucas Digne’s time at Goodison Park is about to end with a winner in the race revealed.