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Ancelotti will become Brazil manager from Copa America 2024, confirms CBF president

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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.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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