Former Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol has returned to the club to join Carlo Ancelotti's staff as assistant coach, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

Sagnol, who played 184 Bundesliga games for Bayern between 2000 and 2009 and was part of the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League-winning side, will join Ancelotti Sr. and the Bayern boss' son Davide at the head of the record German champions.

"I'm very proud Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best and most experienced coaches in world football, has picked me," Sagnol, 40, said after signing a two-year deal. "I'm happy to be able to work alongside him with this team."

The five-time Bundesliga winner will fill the gap in the dug-out left by Paul Clement's departure for Swansea City in January and Hermann Gerland's recent appointment as head of Bayern's new FC Bayern Campus, the club's freshly-opened state-of-the-art youth academy.

"I had asked the board to bring in a replacement for the coming season," said Ancelotti, who had suggested a former Bayern player would be the ideal target, preferably one with coaching experience.

"Willy Sagnol meets both criteria. I'm looking forward to working with him."

After ending his playing career in 2009, Sagnol, a former France international, coached France's Under-21 side before taking over Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux, losing his job in March 2016.

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