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Carlo Ancelotti offers clarity on Real Madrid future amid Brazil links
While Argentina secured their first World Cup title since 1986, their arch-rivals Brazil were one of the underperformers of the tournament, as they were eliminated by Croatia in the quarter-finals.
Shortly after their elimination, Tite left the post of Brazil coach. Subsequently, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was linked as a potential successor, with some reports even claiming that the Italian manager was contacted by the Brazilian FA.
However, in a recent media interaction, Ancelotti has offered clarity on his future at Real Madrid, suggesting that he has no plans to leave Santiago Bernabeu.
“I don’t know the future but I’m so happy at Real Madrid. I’m under contract until 2024 and if they don’t sack me, I won’t leave,” he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano) when asked about the Brazil job.
Widely regarded as one of the most successful managers of the 21st century, Ancelotti is in his second stint with Real Madrid, returning to the Bernabeu last year and leading them to the Champions League and La Liga titles.
The Whites started the new season on a note positive note as well, though their progress was slightly derailed thanks to a series of underwhelming performances. Nevertheless, they remain in contention to win the La Liga, UCL, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and Spanish Super Cup.
Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid expires in the summer of 2024 and it seems like the Italian tactician is determined to continue until then, at least, adding, “There will be time to think about my future.”
During his second stint at Real Madrid, Ancelotti has overseen 77 competitive games so far, winning 55 of them while losing 11 times. His recent loss came against Rayo Vallecano, which allowed Barcelona to strengthen their position at the top of the league table.
But as the season resumes later this month, it will be interesting to see whether Real Madrid get back on track and restore their position at the top.
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Real Madrid could be in trouble with RFEF if too many Spanish players leave
It is astounding that despite being the biggest club in Spain, Real Madrid do not have many Spanish players to show for it.
Los Blancos do indeed boast of a special diversity in the dressing room, but their lack of locally trained players could pose problems according to MARCA.
The Spanish outlet confirms that UEFA does not mandate the inclusion of any minimum number of locally grown players for a club. However, the Spanish federation stipulates that a club in Spain must boast of at least eight players who meet a specific set of conditions.
Of the aforementioned eight candidates, there must be at least four players who have spent three seasons or 36 months at the club between the ages of 15 and 21.
Currently, only Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Mariano make up the required number on that front.
The problem, however, arises with the condition for the other four players in the list of eight. RFEF stipulates that the second set of four players must have completed at least 36 months in teams attached to the federation of Spain between the ages of 15 and 21.
Only Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos tick the aforementioned box. However, all four players have uncertain futures at the club and are well-placed to depart in the summer.
There are thus big decisions to be taken over the transfer strategy for June. Real Madrid can work ways to ship all four players out, it would require the re-integration of players like Sergio Arribas, Miguel Gutierrez or Fran Garcia to ensure the fulfilment of the criteria.
With both Vallejo and Odriozola seemingly frozen out of Ancelotti’s plans, their departures from Santiago Bernabeu appear inevitable. Thus, the management could be forced to renew one of Asensio or Ceballos come June.