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Ancelotti must fulfil one requirement to keep his job at Real Madrid – report



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Silverware is not a luxury but a basic necessity at Real Madrid, and failure to triumph on any front at the end of a season is a glaring failure. It is difficult to uphold the massive standards the club run by, for nothing matters except the results.

Considering the team’s situation on various fronts, it is safe to say that Carlo Ancelotti’s future is uncertain.

Indeed, according to reports from Alberto Pereiro of Onda Cero, Ancelotti’s future too is directly linked with the same condition. If the Italian manager wins a major title this season, he will stay at the club. Failure to do so would see him get sacked.

Real Madrid sit twelve points behind Barcelona after the 2-1 defeat in El Clasico this past Sunday. With just 12 games to go, La Liga will likely not be the saviour for the manager.

The focus will thus be on the other fronts the men in white compete in.

Los Blancos trail by one goal after the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. They will play at Spotify Camp Nou once again in April, and a win by a two-goal margin at least is the bare minimum requirement.

Meanwhile, the team are well placed in the UEFA Champions League, taking on Chelsea in the quarterfinals. They will face one of Manchester City or Bayern Munich if they progress to the semifinal from where the trophy will be in the grasping distance.

It looks likely that the Champions League could be Ancelotti’s saving grace but considering some of the performances that Real Madrid have turned in of late, it would not be surprising if the Merengues slip up and end the season without another trophy.

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Benzema inquired Ronaldo about Saudi and agreed on a transfer, but backed down



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Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia has triggered a wave of massive establishment within the country so much so that the league has approached players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos and even Karim Benzema. 

Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid is imminent and if a report from Diaro AS is to be believed, the Frenchman contacted his former Madrid teammate, Ronaldo, to ask him for information about the Saudi league, living conditions and other teams.

All this because it is said that the legendary Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from the newly crowned Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad. As reported before, the star striker will earn more than €100 million per year across his two-year contract with the Saudi team.

At the moment, the Saudi government has approved all of Benzema’s requests and while it is said that he can join the team of his choice, Al Ittihad’s recent flirting had made them absolute favourites.

That said, the transfer may have taken a u-turn recently, as Benzema spoke about staying at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.

“Speak to the fans? Speak about what? Why should I speak of the future if I’m in Madrid?”, Benzema said

“It’s the internet speaking, and reality is not the internet.”

In a recent turn of events, Helder Costa openly spoke about Benzema’s arrival, saying that his team is ‘excited about the arrival of the Balon d’Or winner.’ As if that is not enough, a club fan also showed a Karim Benzema edit on the big screen during their title celebrations.

Meanwhile, since the transfer is not confirmed, Real Madrid continue to be uninformed of Benzema’s decision. And this remains a major problem for the team from the capital city as their summer transfer plan hinges on the continuity of the Frenchman.

At the moment, the team is said to be closing in on the signing of Joselu from Espanyol. However, it must be noted that the forward will only be arriving on a season-long loan as Madrid already have big plans for the summer of 2024, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe both lined up.

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