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Real Madrid have renewed Carlo Ancelotti until 2026, only official announcement pending

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In a major development, journalist Sergio Santos is reporting that Real Madrid have renewed the contract of manager Carlo Ancelotti until the summer of 2026. Only an official announcement is now pending.

The Italian tactician’s future has been a major topic of discussion for quite some time now, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.

The Brazilian national team had been making a big push to hire him as their next manager and were quite confident of being able to lure him away.

Ancelotti, though, had always maintained that if given a choice he would opt to continue at Real Madrid. And in recent weeks, the club administration has also been making moves to secure his continuity.

Now, it appears that everything has already been agreed, with the report suggesting that the two parties had resolved the matter of a new contract before heading into the mid-season Christmas break earlier this month.

Real Madrid’s idea was to close the deal before Christmas and it appears that they achieved the same. The coach met with the club’s directors before the break and the agreement is complete.

Los Blancos had already discussed with Ancelotti his stance about the Brazil rumours back in the summer itself and after receiving assurances, had made plans to hand him a new contract if results in the first few months of the season met the requirements.

Heading into the mid-season break, Real Madrid are leaders in La Liga and won each of their six UEFA Champions League group-stage games – enough to convince the club executives to hand Ancelotti a new deal until 2026.

Beyond the sporting results, Ancelotti’s management of the squad has been highly valued at Madrid.

The way he has dealt with the departure of Karim Benzema and extracted the best out of Jude Bellingham, while also coping with a series of injuries this term, has impressed the higher-ups.

As such, fans will be treated with two more years of Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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