According to journalist Anton Meana, the situation between Carlo Ancelotti and the Brazilian national team is creating doubts within the Real Madrid administration. In the club, they wonder how the manager will motivate the squad if situations turn rough.
The Italian gaffer has not officially revealed anything about his future but several reliable sources have come out openly to announce his agreement with the Selecao.
In fact, Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has himself announced that Ancelotti will take over the reins from next year’s Copa America.
“For us, as coach of the Brazilian national team, he is not interim. He has a 12-month contract. He will make the transition to Ancelotti, who will arrive for the Copa America.”
Moreover, Real Madrid defender Eder Militao all but confirmed the same in his interview last week when he spoke in depth about the manager.
“Ancelotti is our coach at Real Madrid and he’s going to be our coach at the Canarinha. He’s happy and excited. He will give his best, I have no doubt about that. The national team will be in good hands.”
Despite such strong confirmation of the agreement with Brazil, Meana reports that Ancelotti’s management denies the same. From their side, they reportedly say that the coach would sign a renewal with Real Madrid without a second thought if an offer arrived.
The tactician’s future has been under a cloud of doubt for a long time now. Yet, he has always been rooted in the stance that he will honour his contract with the Copa del Rey champions before anything else.
Given that Ancelotti is a man of his word, there should not be much doubt over his zeal to succeed in the coming season.
With massive reformations in the squad, the manager hopes to change the team’s formation to a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-2 next season. The coming preseason tour in the USA will be key for him to test his new theories.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.