Real Madrid have invariably remained the epicentre of attention, and key figures of the club have historically been accustomed to staring down the barrel of uncertain futures.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti continues to have one foot out of the Madrid camp as the Brazil national team proceeds to place immense faith in his eventual arrival.
However, things are not as straightforward as may appear at first glance, with a resolution between the parties involved yet to be achieved.
Ancelotti’s future up in the air
Indeed, Brazil maintains a keen interest in acquiring Ancelotti’s services, and they remain confident of acquiring his services, even though Real Madrid are contemplating a new contract offer for the Italian.
In fact, sources of the Brazilian national team, when contacted by UOL (h/t SPORT), claimed that there was already an agreement between the two parties and everything was signed.
“There is no risk of anything. Everything is calm, the contract is signed,” the source revealed.
However, as far as Real Madrid are concerned, there is proof of the coach’s interest in the Brazilian job and the communication he keeps up with the Brazilian Confederation, but no formal commitment has been made.
Given that he has a contract expiring in June 2024 and cannot sign with another team until January of the following year without the club’s consent, it would be unlawful for a pre-agreement just yet.
Real Madrid keeping their options open
Real Madrid has started talking about continuity and hasn’t completely ruled out the prospect of renewing him.
The relationship between Ancelotti and Fiorentino Perez remains cordial, with the manager being transparent in terms of his potential move to Brazil once his contract expires.
Still, he has reaffirmed the desire to continue in the Spanish capital if the possibility exists, and Perez would perhaps be willing to extend his tenure if the season goes well.
However, Ancelotti cannot keep Brazil waiting and will most likely have to decide in the coming months.
The Merengues have been heavily linked with club legend Xabi Alonso as a replacement if Ancelotti and they parted ways.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo