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Real Madrid legend Florentino Perez’s favourite candidate to replace Ancelotti – report

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With Real Madrid’s season not going according to plans, things are looking grim for manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Merengues have slipped up 12 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table and are trailing them in the Copa del Rey semi-finals as well.

The UEFA Champions League, as things stand, remains their best avenue for a trophy this term. If Ancelotti does not win a major trophy this season, he could be shown the doors in the summer.

At the same time, the Italian continues to be linked heavily with the Brazil national team job, with Real Madrid stars like Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes further fueling those rumours.

Amidst this Cadena SER (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sees club legend and former manager Zinedine Zidane as his favourite candidate to take over from Ancelotti if he is no longer in charge in the summer.

Zidane, a legend at Real Madrid, has already managed the club on two occasions already. He took over from Rafael Benitez in 2016 and then led the team to three UEFA Champions League titles before stepping down in 2018.

The Frenchman was reappointed as the manager in March 2019 and won a La Liga title before quitting in 2021, at which point Ancelotti was appointed.

Zidane had reportedly been holding out for the France national team job, but with Didier Deschamps signing a new contract, that is no longer on the table.

A return to Real Madrid thus is not completely ruled out, especially with Perez seeing him as his favourite candidate if Ancelotti does end up leaving or getting sacked.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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