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Chelsea defender wants Ancelotti to manage Brazil: “I would love it”
Real Madrid and Chelsea are pitted against each other in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League. Ahead of the second leg, it is the Merengues who boast of a two goal advantage. However, not all the news linking the two European powerhouses is around their tussle on the field.
As revealed by TJ Sports USA, Chelsea captain and star defender Thiago Silva commented on Carlo Ancelotti’s links with the Brazilian National Team earlier this week, once again fuelling talks of the manager’s exit.
“Being honest, I would love it to be him, because of the friendship we have and the understanding. He was my first coach in Europe, at Milan. What he has done throughout his career shows he is ready,” he said.
“I don’t know if I’ll be a part of the Brazil team, but I’d love him to accept the offer and make the team play the way he wants football to be played.”
It is usually an unsaid rule in the world of football to not discuss the futures of contracted individuals publicly. After all, it is a mark of respect.
However, that has not stopped Brazilian players from openly talking about Ancelotti as their next manager, with even Vinicius Jr following suit.
“I believe Ancelotti wants to become Brazil’s manager,” he said in an interview, echoing the thoughts of other Selecao stars like Ederson.
While the South American setup’s interest in the Italian has been confirmed by the CBF itself, the possibility no longer seems to exist on the table.
Earlier today, reports stated that it was both Carlo Ancelotti and Davide Ancelotti’s priority to stay at Real Madrid and see out their contracts, thus putting to bed any possibility of a departure in June. The manager repeated the same in his pre-match press conference.
Thus, it remains to be seen if the Brazilian national team setup wait another year with an interim coach in the hope of signing Ancelotti or drop their pursuit.
Thiago Silva, meanwhile, is expected to start when Real Madrid take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. His side stare at a huge mountain to climb, and it is safe to say that Los Blancos are the favourites to advance given their record in knockout games.
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.