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Brazil confident of Ancelotti’s arrival in 2024 despite Real Madrid contract rumours

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The future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been a topic of much debate in recent months.

The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) have made it no secret that they wish to appoint the Italian tactician as the next manager of the Canarinha, who are currently struggling under Fernando Diniz.

In fact, it has been suggested that everything is already in place for Ancelotti to take over next summer, once his Real Madrid contract expires, right before the Copa America.

But, reports in Spain suggest that Ancelotti has not agreed to take over the reins of the Brazilian national team and that Real Madrid are now working on a two-year contract renewal for the legendary manager.

Brazil confident of Ancelotti’s arrival

However, as per GOAL Brazil, CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues is confident that he will have Ancelotti at the helm of the Selecao from the second half of 2024, despite reports claiming that the Italian may be staying at Real Madrid.

The report further adds that despite the recent poor start to life under Fernando Diniz, the CBF plans on sticking with him until next year. Indeed, he is still expected to lead Brazil in the friendly matches against Spain and England in March 2024.

In addition, the CBF wants Diniz to continue working at the organisation in some capacity, even with the possible arrival of Ancelotti.

What does the future hold for Ancelotti? (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Irrespective of the Diniz situation, what appears clear is that Brazil are extremely confident that Ancelotti will be the man at the helm come the summer of 2024.

Replacements at Real Madrid?

Despite the possibility of extending Ancelotti’s contract by a couple more seasons, Real Madrid need to be prepared for the eventuality that he ends up departing.

In that scenario, Los Blancos have identified former midfielder Xabi Alonso as a candidate to succeed the iconic Italian.

Recent reports have even thrown the names of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Roberto De Zerbi and Argentina national team Lionel Scaloni into the hat as well.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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