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Ancelotti has ‘closed the door’ on talks with Brazil until the end of the season – report



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Over the past few months, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job with the Brazil national team.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have made it clear that they are keen to appoint the 63-year-old tactician as their next manager. President Ednaldo Rodrigues is believed to be in Europe and was said to be keen on meeting Ancelotti to hold talks.

However, according to a fresh report from Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, Ancelotti has closed the doors on any possible talks with the Selecao until the end of the season. The Italian is fully focused on winning a third UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.

Los Blancos face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals tonight before travelling to England for the reverse fixture next week. If they manage to get past Frank Lampard’s men, a tie against Manchester City or Bayern Munich will await in the semi-finals.

Should the Merengues cross that hurdle as well, one of AC Milan, Napoli, Inter Milan and SL Benfica will be waiting in the finals.

Given that Real Madrid have all but lost the La Liga title, it becomes imperative that they go all the way in the Champions League.

And, Ancelotti, who is contracted with the club until the summer of 2024, is fully focused on the job at hand and does not want to hold any talks with Brazil until the Champions League campaign is over, one way or the other.

The 63-year-old manager recently insisted that he wishes to fulfil his contract with Real Madrid. Yet, the CBF feel that they can convince Ancelotti to join the national team at the end of the season.

To that end, they have not made a permanent managerial appointment since Tite was shown the doors after the FIFA World Cup 2022. Brazil will be playing two friendlies in June and would ideally want the situation sorted by then.

But if Ancelotti and Real Madrid go all the way in the Champions League, Brazil’s plans will not come to fruition.

However, it seems like they are prepared to wait for the Italian, even though there is no guarantee that he will accept the job offer once there are concrete talks. For now, though, the Real Madrid boss is clear that he will not discuss any future role until the season is over.

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Official: Marco Asensio leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer



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Real Madrid have officially announced that winger Marco Asensio will be leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season. The Spaniard was between a contract extension and departure for a very long time, and eventually decided it was best for him to leave.

Asensio joined Madrid eight years ago, as a 20-year-old, and was loaned out to Espanyol during his first season in the top flight, where he scored four goals and gave ten assists across 34 appearances.

He has since been a key member of Real Madrid’s team, often dropping in and out of starting lineups, though. During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Asensio has won three UEFA Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three La Ligas, and three European Super Cups.

“Real Madrid fans will never forget their path and their exemplary behaviors during all this time. Madrid is, and will always be, his home,” the farewell announcement said.

Now, rumours suggest that Asensio will heading to Paris to join PSG on a Bosman move.

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