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Carlo Ancelotti willing to listen to offers from the Brazilian national team – report



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Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Brazil ever since the South American giants’ debacle in last month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Heading into the tournament as one of the favourites, the Selecao were knocked out in the quarterfinals by 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia. The disappointing defeat led to the departure of head coach Tite.

The Brazilian football board has since been on the lookout for a new coach, with Ancelotti emerging as one of the potential options.

Ancelotti himself appears to be aware of the links to Brazil, but the Real Madrid coach has always maintained that he wishes to fulfil his contract at Real Madrid that expires in 2024.

A recent report from UOL Esporte has offered an update on Brazil’s search for a new coach, suggesting that the South American giants are looking for a European coach.

Ancelotti, for his part, is one of the federation’s four shortlisted options. And even though the Italian has maintained his desire to remain at Santiago Bernabeu, Brazilian federation president Ednaldo Rodrigues wishes to meet him in person.

The same news outlet further claimed that Ancelotti himself is ready to listen to offers from the Brazilian FA and that the two parties will hold a meeting in the near future.

Brazil, though, have no shortage of alternatives. In addition to Ancelotti, they are considering moves for other European managers such as Luis Enrique, who has recently exited from the Spanish national team after La Roja got beaten by Morocco in the World Cup.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, too, is in the crosshairs of Brazil, along with another ex-Merengues boss Jose Mourinho, who is currently managing AS Roma.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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