Over the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter surrounding Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and a possible move to Brazil.
The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, has been very vocal about his desire to have Ancelotti manage the Selecao.
In fact, the CBF chief went as far as saying that the Italian tactician will be the Brazil manager next year, taking over in time for Copa America.
Only last month, when asked whether Ancelotti’s appointment was a dream or a reality, Rodrigues had said: “For us, it’s a reality.”
Casemiro not getting dragged in on Ancelotti talks
Some of the Real Madrid players in the Brazil squad have also spoken out on the possibility of Ancelotti, but one of the most important players for Selecao, Casemiro has refused to get drawn into the talk.
Indeed, at a recent press conference, when asked about Ancelotti’s possible arrival next year, the Real Madrid icon said (h/t MARCA):
“Ancelotti is a great and successful coach, but he has a contract with Real Madrid and it’s disrespectful to talk about Ancelotti within the national team.”
“We know that Ancelotti is an excellent coach, but we have a great coach in Diniz and we respect him as if he were our coach for a World Cup,” Casemiro added.
What have the others said?
While Casemiro might have refused to fuel the Ancelotti-Brazil talks, some of the other players such as Rodrygo and Eder Militao have been very open on the matter and have hinted that the 64-year-old will be the next Selecao manager.
“I know Ancelotti is Brazil’s plan A, the president is counting on him and so are we. Having him in the national team will be very important, I’m sure he’s going to teach us a lot,” Rodrygo said back in June.
“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,” Militao had said two months ago.
Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2024 and it remains to be seen if he will join Brazil or sign a new deal with the club.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.