Despite suggestions that Carlo Ancelotti will continue as Real Madrid’s manager next season, the Brazilian footballing association has yet to give up their hopes on securing his services in the coming summer.
In a recent interview, Brazilin FA president Ednaldo Rodrigues has confirmed Ancelotti continues to be his first choice option, in his bid to find a new manager for the Selecao.
“Our plan A continues to be exactly that (hiring Ancelotti). We have a feeling that this can work. We are going to wait for the end of the competition (the Spanish League). There is already a champion who is Barcelona, but we are going to wait until the competition ends because we have the intuition that it can work,” he told Band (h/t MARCA).
When pointed out how Ancelotti has downplayed the rumours linking him to Brazil, Ednaldo said, “If I were in his place, with a contract in force, I would not detract from the company that hired me to do that either.”
Ednaldo went on to confirm that Brazil are looking for a coach who can not only take care of the senior side but lead a project that also involves the youth teams.
“He (Ancelotti) is a coach who has that vision and has the courage to place new talents to play. Therefore, without detracting from any other coach, whom we respect – and Brazil has many coaches whom we appreciate because they are competent, we are still waiting,” he said.
The Brazilian FA president said he hopes to have greater clarity about the Brazilian team coach later this summer. “We hope to be able to have a clearer position already in June and that we can speak with greater conviction,” he said.
Ednaldo said Brazil are looking for other options as well, but hinted that the priority remains Ancelotti. He added that the Selecao are keen on not only participating in the next World Cup but also winning the competition.
“They are very important names. We follow the work of Dorival, Abel and Diniz. We have seen all the important work they have done and we also observe others that are important and that I do not mention but of which I can say that they are competent”, he said.
“Whatever the situation, the only sure thing is that the CBF will choose the one it considers best for the next cycle. And the cycle is not just playing the next World Cup but also winning the World Cup,” he concluded.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”