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Potential Carlo Ancelotti replacement has special Real Madrid clause in his contract

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Real Madrid have started the season on a positive note and look like favourites in the race for the league title, as we approach the third international break of the campaign.

However, irrespective of Real Madrid’s position at the end of the season, one would think that the club are in for a major overhaul in the coming summer.

That overhaul may include a change of manager, with Carlo Ancelotti’s contract expiring at the end of the season, and Real Madrid are already on the hunt to find a replacement.

One of the coaches in contention to replace Ancelotti next season is Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard is currently coaching Bayer Leverkusen and has been highly successful with Die Werkself in this early part of the season.

Xabi Alonso’s clause at Leverkusen

According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, Xabi Alonso has a special clause in his Bayer Leverkusen contract that might allow him to join Real Madrid on a cut-price deal.

What’s next for Xabi Alonso? (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Alonso’s current deal at Leverkusen expires in 2026, meaning the Spaniard’s contract could make him expensive in the market.

However, for Real Madrid, there is a special concession. As per the report, Alonso has a clause in his Bayer Leverkusen deal that might allow him to join Madrid for a fee of just €15 million.

This is merely a follow-on from an earlier report that suggested that this clause can be activated by not just Real Madrid, but also his former clubs Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Bayern, though, already have a project going with Thomas Tuchel while Liverpool are also set with Jurgen Klopp, at least for now.

That leaves Real Madrid with an excellent opportunity to nab one of the finest young coaches in Europe for a cut-price deal.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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