The future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been a topic of much discussion over the past few months.
The Italian tactician’s contract with Los Blancos stands to expire at the end of the season and it has been widely speculated that he will be the next manager of the Brazil national team.
The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) has been quite vocal about its pursuit of Ancelotti, but the Real Madrid boss has distanced himself from the talk and has remained focused on the job at hand.
Real Madrid could offer Ancelotti a new contract
Now, though, there could be a twist in the tale as journalist Hugo Cerezo (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid are considering the possibility of offering a new two-year contract to Carlo Ancelotti.
It is no secret that the 64-year-old shares a special bond with club president Florentino Perez and the institution as a whole.
As such, the top brass at the Valdebebas is considering offering Ancelotti a new deal so that there is continuity in the project that he has started with a young core involving the likes of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Jude Bellingham, and Eduardo Camavinga, among others.
The Real Madrid board has in mind to formulate a renewal proposal that could even be for two years – it remains to be seen whether one year with an option for a second or two years as a permanent – to get Ancelotti to stay and snub Brazil.
Ancelotti focused on the present
The veteran manager, for his part, is thinking about the present and is focused on winning more trophies with Real Madrid.
But previous reports have suggested that he would be open to continuing at the Bernabeu if offered a new deal.
Ancelotti will take stock of his future and assess his options at a later date, but the wheels could be set in motion from Perez and Real Madrid’s end, with the possibility of a renewal now very much on the table.
Until there is a signature and an agreement, nothing can be taken for granted, with the likes of Xabi Alonso and Raul Gonzalez in line to replace Ancelotti if he does not continue.
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