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Real Madrid considering Champions League-winning coach to replace Ancelotti

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Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid has come under doubt after a string of underwhelming results in 2023. The Spanish outfit are still alive in three competitions, but are not favourites for any of them.

The last two losses against Barcelona did not go down well with the Madrid management, either. That coupled with the fact that they are now 12 points adrift of the Catalans has stirred some doubts.

As such, Madrid have started outlining possible replacements for the Italian coach.

Some of the options on their table so far are the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner, Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid Castilla’s Raul and Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel is naturally the most convincing out of the three, with a spectacular record in European football. The German coach reached two consecutive Champions League finals – with PSG and Chelsea -, winning in his second attempt while beating Manchester City.

There were talks surrounding that Tuchel would not work out for Real Madrid, but ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra) have dusted those, suggesting that Los Blancos are looking for a ‘winner’, and the former Borussia Dortmund has proven to be one.

The report also suggests that Florentino Perez is a big fan of Xabi Alonso, while club CEO Jose Angel Sanchez, prefers Raul as the next Madrid manager.

Apart from winning the UCL with Chelsea, he has also lifted the DFB Pokal with Dortmund in 2017, two league titles with PSG, and the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea.

Further, there have been reports in the past suggesting that Tuchel is now ready to return to coaching and is favouring a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid as his next destination.

It would be fair to rule out Barcelona, though, with Xavi leading the project. Joan Laporta has already publicly spoken about renewing the Spaniard.

Madrid have a fair few holes to plug in their squad ahead of next season, but all of it will depend on their managerial position, and if they choose to get a new man for the role.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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