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Real Madrid could turn to Jose Mourinho if Carlo Ancelotti steps down – report

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A recent report from La Repubblica (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has offered an interesting update on Jose Mourinho.

The revered Portuguese tactician is currently the head coach of AS Roma. However, according to the Italian newspaper, there is a chance he may leave the club at the end of the season.

This is because Mourinho is not sure about Roma’s project for the future. He also has a dysfunctional relationship with the club owners, all of which could culminate into his exit in 2023.

The report further explains that Real Madrid are one of the clubs that are closely monitoring the situation and could make a move for Mourinho at the end of the season, in the event of Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

Ancelotti’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires in 2024. Under the Italian, the Merengues secured a double last season, including the UEFA Champions League.

But the club have fallen behind in the race for the league title this term and did not have the best of endings to their group stage campaign in the UEFA Champions League.

Having been drawn against English giants Liverpool, an early exit from the Champions League could trigger a series of speculation about Ancelotti’s future at the club.

That is where Mourinho could come into the picture. The Portuguese tactician has managed Real Madrid in the past, notably recording a points-per-game ratio of 2.3 in 178 matches and securing the league title in 2011/12.

At Real Madrid, they have not forgotten Mourinho just yet and see him as a viable candidate to replace Ancelotti. However, the Portuguese’s potential return at Santiago Bernabeu is heavily reliant on the club’s form this season and how they finish the 2022/23 campaign.

As for his fate at AS Roma, Mourinho appears to be destined to leave the club at the end of the season. He has won 40 times in his 75 competitive matches in charge of the Giallorossi and led them to the UEFA Europa Conference League title last season.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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