According to a report from ESPN Brasil, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become the next head coach of the Brazilian national team.
The 63-year-old has been a top managerial target for the Selecao ever since their FIFA World Cup quarter-final exit in Qatar, following which Tite stepped down from the post.
Brazil have been pushing to appoint Ancelotti as their manager, but the Italian has remained firm on his stance that he wants to continue at Real Madrid, where his contract expires in 2024.
In fact, earlier today, the former Chelsea, PSG, and Bayern Munich boss stuck to the same narrative, as he said: “Brazilian national team? My situation is very clear. I have a contract until 2024.”
However, it seems like Ancelotti has seemingly given his ‘yes’ to the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) to take over the reins of the team at the end of the season.
Reports in Brazil had claimed that CBF President Ednaldo Rodrigues was said to be planning to meet Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez to present a formal offer to secure Ancelotti’s services.
Things could be set in motion, with Ancelotti reportedly giving the green light to the appointment, although nothing is signed at this point.
The report suggests that the 63-year-old could be penning a three-year contract starting in July 2023 which will run until the FIFA World Cup 2026 which will be hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico, although the details of the deal are yet to be finalised.
The Brazil players on the Real Madrid squad – Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo Goes – are understood to be aware of this development already.
Ancelotti has never coached a national team in his legendary career, although he served as an assistant to Arrigo Sacchi with the Italian national team between 1992 and 1995.
The Italian is in his second stint with Real Madrid currently, having returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2021.
It remains to be seen if there is any truth to these claims, but if they are right, this could be Ancelotti’s last season in charge of Real Madrid before he moves on to take over the reins of Brazil.
If he does leave, it will be interesting to see who Real Madrid decide to name as a replacement. Club legend and Real Madrid Castilla legend Raul Gonzalez is understood to be an option, as is another icon in Xabi Alonso.
Zinedine Zidane could also return for a third stint as the manager of the Merengues, while Thomas Tuchel is unattached and could also be a possibility.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.