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Carlo Ancelotti ready to commit to Real Madrid amid Brazil rumours

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Real Madrid managed to restore their lost glory last season by securing the UEFA Champions League along with La Liga, much thanks to the man-management of Carlo Ancelotti, who has steadied the ship well since the departure of Zinedine Zidane.

However, there have been doubts over the Italian’s long-term future at Santiago Bernabeu lately, especially with his contract expiring in 2024.

In fact, Ancelotti has become the subject of fresh rumours linking him to a Brazilian job, following the Selecao‘s early elimination at the hands of Croatia in the FIFA World Cup. Many reports suggest that the coach had been approached by the Brazilian FA as the direct replacement for Tite.

But in a recent report, Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra) has confirmed that Ancelotti is delighted with his life at Real Madrid for the time being. The Italian has enjoyed relative success upon his return to the Bernabeu, having secured a double last season and winning 55 out of the 77 matches in all competitions.

Cortegana further suggests that Ancelotti’s desire is to remain at Real Madrid until his contract expires in 2024. This refutes earlier claims about the Italian being open to the Brazilian job.

In case Brazilian FA do want to rope in Ancelotti after the World Cup, they must negotiate with Real Madrid over the release of the seasoned coach.

Real Madrid, for their part, might not rule out the possibility of Ancelotti’s departure in 2023 either, especially if the Italian fails to deliver the goods in the domestic competitions this season or faces an early elimination from the Champions League.

The reigning European champions are poised to face Liverpool in the Round of 16 stage of the UCL, whereas they are currently second in the league table, only two points behind league leaders at FC Barcelona.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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