Croatia did the unthinkable when they eliminated Brazil from the FIFA World Cup 2022 last week and entered the semifinal for the second successive edition. The South American team were the outright favourites to walk away with the silverware but were inexcusably poor from the penalty spot during the shootout.
Considering the sky-high expectations from the Brazilian National Team, it comes as no surprise that Tite stepped down from the managerial position after their elimination. The team are now in search of a new coach, and Carlo Ancelotti is one of their main targets.
According to reports from Italy, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Ancelotti has not closed the door on the Brazilian national team. He is willing to take up the new challenge, but only on one condition.
The legendary manager will only accept Brazil’s proposal if he can join them in 2024 after his contract with Real Madrid ends. It has always been his idea to extend with the club, but the arrival of the new proposal has brought new ideas.
Real Madrid are undeniably unhappy with the quick developments on this front, but will not be able to do anything about it as Ancelotti would be out of contract in a year’s time.
Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will return to action after the World Cup break on 30th December for the clash against Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorilla.
The men in white are currently second on the La Liga table, two points behind leaders Barcelona. Yet, given that Ancelotti will have a close to full-strength squad for the last game of the calendar year, it might not be long before Los Blancos are leaders again.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.