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Brazil in advanced negotiations to sign Carlo Ancelotti and former Real Madrid midfielder
According to Brazilian news outlet UOL SPORT, the country’s football federation is in advanced negotiations to rope in Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti along with former midfielder Kaka as the manager and director of the national team respectively.
The news comes hours after Ancelotti, himself, denied being linked with a move to Brazil, saying, “Brazil national team? I don’t know anything about this, I don’t even know what they reported in Brazil.”
“I’m Real Madrid coach, my contract is until June 2024,” he added.
It was only yesterday that news of Ancelotti’s links with Brazil broke out. As quoted before, Brazil have been on the lookout to sign their new manager following Tite’s departure after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Reports in Brazil have even claimed that CBF President Ednaldo Rodrigues is, in fact, planning to meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to present a formal offer for Ancelotti.
It adds that Ancelotti could well and truly pen down a three-year deal with the South American nation by the end of the current season. This means the Italian would be in charge of the team until the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
As it turns out, however, the Brazilian Football Confederation has come up to deny every report of Ancelotti’s acquisition.
“The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) states that the news released this Friday that the coach of Real Madrid, the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, is the new coach of the Brazil national team is unfounded,” the CBF said in a statement.
“President Ednaldo Rodrigues stands by the statement after the draw for the matches in the Copa do Brasil. At the time, the president ruled out speculation, saying that the matter will be dealt with transparently and that the coach chosen will be announced at the right time,” it added.
For now, Ancelotti is keen on fulfilling his Madrid contract, which runs until 2024, but if things go any south, one can expect that his tenure will be in jeopardy.
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Real Madrid forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links
Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.
Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.
With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.
The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.
Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.
During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.
The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.
Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.
As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.