Responding to recent speculation, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has come out with an official statement, denying any agreement with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“We can deny any agreement reached with Ancelotti. We suggest to leave the speculations — we will decide and then announce our new head coach at the right moment,” the Brazilian FA said (h/t Fabrizio Romano) in a statement.
The federation was referring to a report from ESPN Brasil that claimed an agreement between Ancelotti and the Brazilian FA. The report further claimed that the Italian mastermind is set to become the head coach of the Brazil football team from the upcoming summer.
The speculation drew a lot of attention, as it did not come as a surprise to many because Brazil have been tracking Ancelotti for a long time.
Ever since Tite left after Brazil’s debacle at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the South American nation has been looking for a replacement for quite some time now. They have been linked with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti, among others.
Ancelotti is believed to be one of their favourite options because of his vast experience and track record of being a proven winner. But the Italian’s entourage has denied any agreement with the Brazilian FA, which was shortly followed by the federation’s own statement.
However, even though Ancelotti wishes to see out his contract at Real Madrid that expires in 2024, it does not guarantee that he will not join the Brazilian national team in the coming summer.
This is because Real Madrid have performed poorly in the league of late and are currently trailing arch-rivals Barcelona by eight points.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.