A recent report from MARCA has offered a comprehensive update on Carlo Ancelotti’s current situation at Real Madrid, especially amid speculation linking him to a move to the Brazilian national team.
Reports earlier in the year had even gone on to claim that Ancelotti had agreed terms with the Brazilian FA and would leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
But it appears the Real Madrid coach is currently focused on continuing at Real Madrid. He is happy with his current job and wants to stay at Santiago Bernabeu for as long as he can. He has no other thoughts in his head.
That is, however, not to say that the Italian has not considered other offers, especially the one from the Brazilian national team.
Ancelotti’s current contract at Bernabeu expires at the end of the 2023/24 season. But both parties are expected to draw out potential agreements that could see the coach depart early, if necessary.
Brazil are waiting on the wings and are determined to sign Ancelotti as their desired replacement for Tite, who had left the job following the Selecao‘s debacle at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The South American giants were knocked out by Croatia in the quarterfinal stage.
Brazil’s early elimination from the World Cup marked yet another disappointing campaign for the Selecao. The traditional footballing giants have not won the coveted trophy since 2002.
But the Brazilian FA believe Ancelotti’s experience, coupled with his winning mentality could be an ideal combination in Brazil’s bid to reinstate themselves as a footballing giant and to possibly lay claim to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
For the moment, though, Ancelotti has remained focused on his current job at Real Madrid. He has continued to guide his team to victories, as evident in the team’s 5-2 win over Liverpool in the Champions League recently.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.