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Real Madrid add World Cup-winning manager to their shorlist of candidates to replace Ancelotti

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Lionel Scaloni’s words after Argetnina’s historic 1-0 win over Brazil on Tuesday night sent shockwaves through the footballing world.

“I want some time to think because this team needs a coach who has all the energy possible. I have a lot to think about this time. It’s not a goodbye, but I need to think because the rod is very high,” said the World Champions’ manager, publicly declaring his interest in exploring new avenues.

The World Cup-winning manager’s words are understandable, especially considering that he has already conquered everything there is to at the international level. Any wayward result from here on will be considered a failure.

Real Madrid are alert

According to reports from SPORT, Scaloni’s decision has got Real Madrid’s administration interested. The Merengues are after all in the hunt for a potential successor to Carlo Ancelotti, and they see the Argentine tactician to be a good fit.

Scaloni thus joins a long list of suitors hoping to inherit Ancelotti’s throne. Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa are amongst the frontrunners on the list, but the names of Roberto De Zerbi and Xabi Alonso are also in firm contention.

Further, one cannot count out Mauricio Pochettino who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for several years now, or Zinedine Zidane, who is an evergreen candidate for Los Blancos.

Scaloni took over the Argentine national team at a difficult time and has worked wonders, leading them to Copa America and the World Cup triumphs.

Will Scaloni leave Argentina? (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

In case he decides on a new adventure, there are likely to be plenty of takers for him, with Real Madrid understood to be among the admirers.

The latest stance

While Real Madrid are actively monitoring potential alternatives if Ancelotti leaves, the Italian gaffer’s future is completely uncertain.

Ancelotti is wanted by the Brazilian National Team, and some reports state that he has already reached a pre-agreement to join them at the end of the season. Ancelotti, however, has always maintained that he wishes to stay at Real Madrid.

According to the latest update, Los Blancos will offer the manager a two-year extension if he guides them to important titles this season. Needless to say, that is a decision that will only be taken at the end of the season.

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Real Madrid have found their replacement for midfielder in case he follows Kroos’ footsteps

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According to a report from Defensa Central, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to promote Castilla player Mario Martin if Dani Ceballos leaves the team this summer.

Ceballos’ future at the club is currently a hot topic and If he does decide to leave, Ancelotti has already identified Martín as his replacement.

This news came amidst the announcement of Toni Kroos’s retirement that has sent shockwaves through Real Madrid. 

Now, it is suggested that Kroos’s retirement was expected to influence Ceballos’s future at the club. 

Initially, it seemed the former Arsenal midfielder would leave, and the club was even searching for a new team for him. However, with Kroos leaving, there could be a possibility that Ceballos could have a more significant role next season.

Real Madrid are not risking anything

Mario Martin is eager to be a part of Real Madrid’s first team. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid are not ruling out any possibilities. They are already considering potential replacements for Ceballos and have focused on promoting Martin, who wants to fight for a place in the first team.

It is said that the club is very pleased with his performance and there is even a chance that he could receive a surprise promotion if both Kroos and Ceballos leave, though the club does not expect Ceballos to depart.

Promoting Martin, who has been a regular part of the first-team training sessions, would be a cost-effective solution, aligning with club president Florentino Perez’s goal of minimizing spending on the midfield this season. 

It is to be noted that Martin has even had some playing time with the first team in recent weeks, indicating the club’s growing trust in his abilities.

Despite Kroos’s retirement announcement, Real Madrid does not plan to enter the transfer market for a new midfielder. The club is confident in the abilities of their current six midfielders, including the continued presence of Ceballos.

However, if Ceballos decides to leave, Madrid will look to their Castilla team for a replacement, with Martin being the top candidate. 

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