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Mourinho recommended Bundesliga-winning manager to Real Madrid years ago

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Real Madrid opted to extend their partnership with coach Carlo Ancelotti around Christmas last year, with the Italian being handed a contract extension until 2026.

There were murmurs of Ancelotti potentially taking over the Brazilian national team, prompting Real Madrid to search for suitable successors at the time.

One of the names who particularly appeared to the Merengues was former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

His work with Bayer Leverkusen has earned him immense plaudits and today he led his team to a historic league title by triumphing over Werder with a whopping 5-0 scoreline.

Leverkusen’s impeccable record of 25 wins and four draws in the Bundesliga has solidified their unbeaten status, culminating in the dethroning of Bayern Munich.

Jose Mourinho recommended Alonso’s appointment years ago

Indeed, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho recommended the signing of Xabi Alonso to Florentino Perez years ago.

Mourinho coached the Spanish midfielder from 2010 to 2013 and thus has a good understanding of his intellect and approach toward the game.

“Xabi’s father was a coach and he later became a great player. His position on the field and his knowledge of the game was always very high,” Mourinho professed.

“Therefore, if you put all that knowledge together, I think that Xabi has the conditions to be a great coach,” he added.

An option to replace Ancelotti down the line

While Ancelotti’s renewal has ruled out Alonso’s arrival in the near future, Los Blancos continue to watch his progress with interest and have preemptively planned to replace him with Ancelotti in 2026.

In fact, the 42-year-old harbors ambitions of eventually assuming the reins at Real Madrid as well.

Alonso’s choice to extend his contract with Bayer Leverkusen by two years reportedly stemmed from his aspiration to one day make the transition to the Spanish Captial.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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