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Brazil have still not given up on Carlo Ancelotti – report

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In December 2023, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti signed a contract extension, solidifying his position with the club until 2026. However, this has not deterred Brazil from keeping an eye on him, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT

Brazil’s recent disappointment in the Copa America where they lost to Uruguay in the quarter-final has sparked widespread outrage, with much of the criticism aimed at coach Dorival Junior. 

Despite this, Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), has confirmed that Dorival will remain in his position until 2026. 

Rodrigues emphasized that there is no immediate rush to find a replacement, citing the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as a reason for continuity. 

“In two months, there are the World Cup qualifiers, and the plan is to continue with him,” he said.

Brazil want Ancelotti to falter at Real Madrid

Interestingly, some observers believe this strategy is a way to buy time, hoping that Ancelotti might face challenges at Real Madrid, which could lead to an early departure and a potential move to Brazil. 

Brazil are still keeping an eye on Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Should Ancelotti struggle at Madrid, he might end up leaving the club and taking over the Brazilian national team, thus reactivating the plan that was initially thwarted by his contract renewal. Conversely, if Ancelotti excels with Madrid, Brazil would likely stick with Dorival. 

Ancelotti’s extension with Real Madrid is set to last until 2026, aligning with the end of Dorival’s current contract, which could see Ancelotti taking the helm of Brazil’s national team in time for the next FIFA World Cup World Cup.

Brazil know what they are doing

At this moment, Rodrigues remains optimistic about Brazil’s prospects under Doriva and their immediate focus is on the World Cup qualifiers.

This situation presents a fascinating dynamic. On one hand, Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid seems secure for now, but the allure of leading a prestigious national team like Brazil remains. 

On the other hand, Brazil’s faith in Dorival signifies a commitment to stability and long-term planning, despite recent setbacks.

As the World Cup qualifiers approach, all eyes will be on both Ancelotti and Dorival. Ancelotti’s performance at Real Madrid will be scrutinised not just by his club but also by Brazilian football officials and fans alike. 

Meanwhile, Dorival will have the immediate task of guiding Brazil through the qualifiers, with his performance potentially determining whether the CBF’s long-term strategy will hold or shift.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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