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Real Madrid icon addresses rumours of him replacing Ancelotti: “Everything in its own time”

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Real Madrid have kickstarted their preparations for the season ahead with Carlo Ancelotti continuing to lead the team, despite there being some doubts about his future in the past.

Ancelotti has also shown the desire to continue at the Bernabeu beyond 2024 when his contract expires.

But that has not deterred Real Madrid from seeking out potential replacement candidates.

Xabi Alonso eyed as Ancelotti’s replacement

One of the potential candidates Real Madrid are looking at, to replace Ancelotti, is former midfielder and club legend Xabi Alonso.

The former Spanish international has impressed the club administration with his work at Bayer Leverkusen and is seen as the favourite to take over from Ancelotti next year.

Alonso is well aware of the Real Madrid environment, having played for Los Blancos between 2009 to 2014. During his time at the Bernabeu, he featured in almost 250 competitive matches for the club.

Alonso doing a good job at Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

After hanging up his boots, Xabi Alonso has found immense success coaching Bayer Leverkusen, after stints with Real Madrid’s youth sides and Real Sociedad ‘B’ team.

The Spaniard led Die Werkself to sixth place in the Bundesliga last season while also guiding them to the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League.

Alonso comments on Real Madrid links

However, in a recent interview, Alonso remained coy about his future, expressing his happiness at Bayer Leverkusen.

“Real Madrid? Everything in its own time. Now I’m here, I’m very happy and whatever comes in the future, we’ll see,” he said (h/t MARCA).

“Normally in football when you think in the medium to long term you lose focus of what is closest to you and right now I only think about what we have here.”

It is guaranteed that Alonso will continue to lead the Leverkusen side in the coming season.

And, it will be interesting to see whether or not Real Madrid do end up approaching the Spanish tactician come the end of next season, given as the club is open to sticking with Ancelotti beyond 2024.

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  1. Pat Grey

    July 26, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Ancillioti should give way to a younger and more dynamic coach. He has done what he could. Soccer tactics are changing everyday, and you need a coach who is not forever set in his own mind. Real Madrid with increasingly younger talents need a coach who knows how to inspire and get the best out of these young players if the team will have to prevail over its tough competitors in Spain and in Europe at large.

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Multiple Real Madrid legends set to attend Kylian Mbappe’s presentation – report

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With the major international tournaments all wrapped up, Real Madrid fans can finally realize their dream of witnessing Kylian Mbappe take his first steps in the Santiago Bernabeu.

After much anticipation, the Frenchman’s signing was officially announced by the Merengues right after the UEFA Champions League final.

Now, the moment for his presentation is edging closer, and Real Madrid intends to make it a grand occasion befitting his talents.

Real Madrid have invited multiple legends

Indeed, according to Rodra several Real Madrid legends have been personally invited to attend Kylian Mbappe’s highly anticipated presentation at the Bernabeu tomorrow.

Their presence highlights the significance of this moment, celebrating the arrival of one of football’s brightest talents to the illustrious ranks of Real Madrid.

The player’s presentation, which is expected to be a huge event at Santiago Bernabeu on July 16th, was announced by the administration just under a week ago.

Mbappe will be presented as a Real Madrid player tomorrow. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The 2018 World Cup winner is the first new recruit to be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu following complete renovations and thus the club aims to mark it as a special occasion.

In order to make it a memorable event, the Merengues have big plans for the presentation tomorrow.

Indeed, Mbappe will make a grand entrance at the Bernabeu, walking along a specially installed catwalk from the changing room exit to a stage set up at the North end of the stadium.

Full-house expected

All tickets for Kylian Mbappe’s presentation have been completely sold out, with not a single seat remaining, not even in the remotest corners of the venue.

Within just under 2 hours, all tickets for the event sold out, including the premium VIP seats. Priority was naturally given to club members and season ticket holders.

And now it appears some of the most iconic players from Real Madrid’s history will also be present to watch the event unfold.

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