The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has announced that Fernando Diniz will be taking over the reins of the Selecao on an interim basis for a year before Carlo Ancelotti assumes the role from next year’s Copa America.
The CBF has been persistent in their pursuit of Ancelotti and have been chasing the Real Madrid manager for months together now.
Despite the Italian making it clear that he wishes to see out his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, Rodrigues refused to give up and opted to wait for the Italian for a year.
Now, Ancelotti is all set to become the manager of the Brazil national team starting in June 2024 reports MARCA, with the 64-year-old taking over right before the Copa America which is scheduled for the next summer.
By that time, Ancelotti will have run down his Real Madrid contract and fulfilled his responsibilities at the club before moving on to a new challenge in his illustrious career as a manager at the highest level.
Talking about the appointment of Diniz and the plan for Ancelotti, the CBF president said:
“He is the coach and he is going to balance Fluminense and the national team during that time. For us, as coach of the Brazilian national team, he is not interim. He has a 12-month contract. He will make the transition to Ancelotti, who will arrive for the Copa America.”
While Rodrigues seems to have unofficially confirmed Ancelotti’s appointment, an official announcement is unlikely to be made until January 2024.
And as far as Real Madrid are concerned, they are already looking at possible replacements, with Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso being one of the candidates.
Ancelotti is currently in his second stint as the manager of Real Madrid. The 64-year-old first managed the team between 2013 and 2015 before returning to the Bernabeu in 2021. But as things stand, it appears that the 2023/24 season will be his final one at the club.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.