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Real Madrid believe ex-PSG manager suits the club, No. 1 candidate to replace Ancelotti



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The train to join Real Madrid is not one that gives second chances to many during their careers. Mauricio Pochettino was one of the few who publicly announced his confidence that he would receive a second calling after missing out two years ago, and sure enough, he has.

According to reports from AS, Pochettino is the contender Florentino Perez likes the most to be Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement at Real Madrid. He is the No. 1 candidate to take over in the summer. Though the coach is not serving at any other team, he is expected to wait until the summer to see if Los Blancos come calling.

There are multiple factors involved in Real Madrid’s admiration of the former PSG manager, with aspects both on and off the field considered.

To begin with, the Merengues‘ administration believe that Pochettino suits the club’s style with his ideology and system on the field. Additionally, there is a sense that he ‘carries himself’ very well off the field and in press conferences – a facet that the club really admire.

Considering the sudden surge in reports around Pochettino, one gets the sense that his appointment may not depend on Real Madrid’s performances in the Copa Del Rey and UEFA Champions League, even though it has been suggested that Ancelotti might continue if he wins a major trophy this season.

The most likely outcome, thus, could be Ancelotti’s appointment as the manager of the Brazilian National Team in the summer with Pochettino filling his shoes at Real Madrid.

The 51-year-old coach won 56 of his 84 games with PSG between 2021 and mid-2022. He is also no stranger to La Liga having managed Espanyol for three seasons between 2009 and 2012, while he did well in England with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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