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Real Madrid defender confirms Ancelotti’s Brazil appointment: “He’s happy and excited”

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Speaking to Globoesporte (h/t AS), Real Madrid defender Eder Militao has all but confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will be taking over as the manager of the Brazil national team next year.

Ancelotti has been pursued by the Brazil national team ever since the FIFA World Cup 2022 got over and Tite stepped down from the manager’s position.

The Brazil Football Confederation’s president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, has time and again made it clear that Ancelotti is his first choice to take over, but it became clear that the Italian would not leave Real Madrid this summer.

As such, Brazil have appointed Fernando Diniz as manager for one year, with Rodrigues claiming that Ancelotti will take over from next summer, when his Real Madrid contract expires.

“He has a 12-month contract. He will make the transition to Ancelotti, who will arrive for the Copa America,” he said.

Now Militao has gone ahead and confirmed the same news, claiming that Ancelotti will be his coach with the Brazil national team.

“He always joked with us (Real Madrid’s Brazilians, who have been bugging him about it for months), he told us he was already there! But we didn’t want to go into it too much either, because it’s a delicate subject,” Militao said.

“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. There’s no need to remember everything he’s achieved in his career… for me, he’s one of the best in the world. The national team will be in good hands.”

Giving an insight into the relationship that he shares with the manager, Militao added: “We have a healthy working relationship, but of course we also joke around. In fact, the relationship is very, very good. Like father and son.

“I’m very happy for the affection he transmits, not only to me, but to the whole dressing room. He is a very dear person, sincere; he says what he thinks and people listen to him. He is constantly looking for the best for us.”

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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