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Real Madrid keeping track of Argentine coach as Ancelotti replacement

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The recent sack of Julian Nagelsmann has shocked everyone in the footballing world recently, with the young German tactician being ousted by Bayern Munich, following a poor start to the Bundesliga season.

Nagelsmann has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who was one of the coaches that were keeping a close eye on Real Madrid’s managerial situation.

Shortly after Nagelsmann’s sack, rumours erupted about Real Madrid having a long-term interest in the German tactician, with many even expecting him to be one of the frontrunners to become the next manager for Los Blancos.

Current manager Carlo Ancelotti has indeed faced immense pressure recently, especially after the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions. If three back-to-back defeats against Barcelona was not enough, the club are on the verge of relinquishing their league crown.

Ancelotti’s potential departure at the end of the season means Real Madrid have already started looking for replacements.

While Nagelsmann is one option, a report from Bruno Andrade (h/t Madrid Xtra) states that the Spanish giants are also keeping an eye on Marcelo Gallardo.

A former playmaker for Paris Saint-Germain, Gallardo is without a job right now. But he has substantial managerial experience, having spent more than eight years as a manager at River Plate, overseeing 424 competitive matches.

Gallardo left River Plate in late 2022 and has been available since. The Argentine is rated highly due to his tactical prowess and ability to nurture young players.

While Nagelsmann boasts similar qualities, Gallardo certainly has more experience in managing South American talents and his superior man-management skills could potentially make him a better option for Los Blancos.

However, Gallardo does lack experience in managing in Europe, which could potentially act as a bottleneck as Real Madrid look to scout their options ahead of the coming summer.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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