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Manchester City defender claims he did not receive any offer from Real Madrid
Considering Real Madrid’s right-back situation, one would have expected the club to be all over Joao Cancelo’s signing last month. The Manchester City full-back had a claim of being one of the world’s best in his position, and at 28 years of age, had his best years to come.
Despite the offer to sign him arriving right at their doorstep, Los Blancos are understood to have turned it down without considering last month.
Talking to Movistar, Cancelo confirmed that he received no offers from Carlo Ancelotti’s side in January before he left Manchester City for Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal.
“If Real Madrid offered me a contract? No, the truth is no. If a club like Real Madrid wants you, it’s a pleasure and a sign that I’m doing things right,” he said.
Two reasons attributed to Real Madrid’s decision to skip Cancelo’s signing are economic and sporting concerns. For starters, Real Madrid saw the purchase clause attached to be very high. Moreover, it went against the team’s philosophy of betting on young talents.
Cancelo eventually joined Bayern Munich on a six-month loan with a €70 million purchase clause attached. In four appearances so far for the Germans, he has already registered two assists.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti continues to count on Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez at right-back this season, with Nacho Fernandez also providing cover in the position.
While it was expected that Real Madrid will look to sign a new right-back next summer, such a move does not seem to be on the agenda according to reports. Instead, the Merengues are ready to put their faith in Carvajal, Vazquez and youngsters like Vinicius Tobias, David Jimenez and Alex Jimenez.
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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich
Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.
A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.
Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.
This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.
However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.
It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.