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Jose Mourinho among the candidates to replace Ancelotti at Real Madrid – report

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As Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid future continues to hang in the balance, former coach Jose Mourinho has emerged as a surprise candidate as the Italian’s successor.

It is no secret that Ancelotti is wanted by the Brazil national team and coaching the South American giants is proving to be quite a tempting offer for the Italian.

In a recent interview, Ancelotti admitted that he is overwhelmed by the offer and at the same time, did not rule out the opportunity. “The reality is that the Brazilian national team wants me and I love it and I’m very excited about it, but then I have to respect the contract I have and I want to fulfil it,” he said.

In a recent development, it was revealed that the Selecao are ready to wait until June to go ahead with the appointment of Ancelotti. Now, Real Madrid are well and truly aware of the movements which have forced them to look for alternatives.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris-Saint Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be on the list and current Roma boss Jose Mourinho is the newest entrant. 

As reported by journalist Antonio Romero while speaking on SER Deportivos, Mourinho is in the pool to replace the Italian at Real Madrid.

It wasn’t too long back that journalist Antonio Romero iterated the same for Mourinho. He said that while promoting Alvaro Arbeloa is being considered at Real Madrid, one cannot rule out the possibility of Mourinho’s return.

“They tell me not to rule out Mourinho, and although it seems like science fiction to me, today it cannot be ruled out,” said Romero (via AS). The journalist completed his report by saying, “Another name they tell me is Zidane.”

Mourinho spent three years as the manager of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and won the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After leaving Madrid, he had stints at Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham before ending up at Roma in 2021. He led the Giallorossi to the UEFA Europa Conference League triumph last season and his contract with the Serie A giants runs until 2024.

For now, Ancelotti is expected to stay at least until the end of the season. Until then, Real Madrid are expected to explore all possible alternatives.

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender

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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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