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Real Madrid in advanced talks with Zinedine Zidane over a return to the club – report

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With the new ultimatum from the Brazilian Football Confederation placing a noose around his neck, Carlo Ancelotti stands at a critical junction.

One road leads back to Real Madrid next season, the club at which he has won it all and also overseen a tremendous time over the past two years. The other, however, leads to the Brazilian National Team.

The Selecao are desperate to bring Ancelotti in as their next manager, so much so that they have agreed to wait until the end of May. However, they will close the door next month after which the Italian may never receive the chance again.

Truth be told, there is a relatively equal chance of their outcome. It is thus vital that Real Madrid stay prepared for the case of Ancelotti’s departure.

According to reports from Santi Aouna via The Madrid Zone, Real Madrid are in advanced talks with Zidane Zidane. The French tactician is best placed to take over if Ancelotti leaves in June.

It was reported yesterday that there had been contact between the two parties, but with talks already said to be at an advanced stage, things seem to be moving pretty fast. Zidane, for his part, is said to be open to a return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane is no stranger to managing Los Blancos and has overseen some of the institution’s most successful periods in recent history. In his two stints as the team’s manager so far, he has won three Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Spanish Super Cup twice each.

Mauricio Pochettino was initially Florentino Perez’s top candidate to take over in June. However, he is unlikely to wait until June given the uncertainty around Ancelotti’s future and could join Chelsea soon.

Zidane is thus the club’s safest and most likely bet. After all, there has been little to criticise about his methods as the manager and as they say, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’

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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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