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Just in: Ancelotti set to become Brazil national team manager in the summer – report
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.
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Real Madrid could be in trouble with RFEF if too many Spanish players leave
It is astounding that despite being the biggest club in Spain, Real Madrid do not have many Spanish players to show for it.
Los Blancos do indeed boast of a special diversity in the dressing room, but their lack of locally trained players could pose problems according to MARCA.
The Spanish outlet confirms that UEFA does not mandate the inclusion of any minimum number of locally grown players for a club. However, the Spanish federation stipulates that a club in Spain must boast of at least eight players who meet a specific set of conditions.
Of the aforementioned eight candidates, there must be at least four players who have spent three seasons or 36 months at the club between the ages of 15 and 21.
Currently, only Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Mariano make up the required number on that front.
The problem, however, arises with the condition for the other four players in the list of eight. RFEF stipulates that the second set of four players must have completed at least 36 months in teams attached to the federation of Spain between the ages of 15 and 21.
Only Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos tick the aforementioned box. However, all four players have uncertain futures at the club and are well-placed to depart in the summer.
There are thus big decisions to be taken over the transfer strategy for June. Real Madrid can work ways to ship all four players out, it would require the re-integration of players like Sergio Arribas, Miguel Gutierrez or Fran Garcia to ensure the fulfilment of the criteria.
With both Vallejo and Odriozola seemingly frozen out of Ancelotti’s plans, their departures from Santiago Bernabeu appear inevitable. Thus, the management could be forced to renew one of Asensio or Ceballos come June.
February 12, 2023 at 9:58 am
The idea to appoint Carlo is good
He has a fantastic récords. God help him to win the world cup for brazil.