Speaking to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has claimed that he is an admirer of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Galtier took over as the manager of PSG this past summer, replacing Mauricio Pochettino. The French tactician has spent his entire career in his homeland, having coached the likes of AS Saint-Etienne, OGC Nice and LOSC Lille, with whom he even won the Ligue 1 title in 2020/21.
Having been handed the reins at Parc des Princes, Galtier has already won the French Super Cup in his short time in charge of the team, while Les Parisiens also sit atop the Ligue 1 standings.
The 56-year-old was talking about his career and football management in general during which he was asked if he had any idol in the game. In response, Galtier named Ancelotti as someone he looks up to, saying:
“I have a lot of admiration for Carlo Ancelotti, he impresses me a lot. I’m very attentive and observant to how Carlo manages his team and how he’s able to reverse incredible situations.”
Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid last year for his second stint after having managed the club between 2013 and 2015 when he had quit PSG to join Los Blancos.
Having come back to the Santiago Bernabeu, the Italian tactician masterminded the La Liga and UEFA Champions League title triumphs with Real Madrid, further cementing his status as one of the most successful managers in the game.
Ancelotti has led Real Madrid to a 100% winning start across all competitions in the new season as well, with the Merengues sitting at the top of the La Liga table, while also having won the UEFA Super Cup already.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.