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Real Madrid legend the ‘number one’ candidate to replace Ancelotti in 2024

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Journalist Christian Falk has reported via Caught Offside that former Real Madrid midfielder and club legend Xabi Alonso is seen as the ‘number one’ candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti when the Italian leaves the team next summer.

It has been unofficially confirmed that Ancelotti will become the new head coach of Brazil national football team from June 2024.

This has forced Real Madrid to look for replacements and while former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann happens to be on the list, Alonso’s name is said to be topping the chart.

In this context, Falk has said that there was a floating idea for Alonso to become Madrid’s manager this summer, but he has committed to Bayer Leverkusen that he would not leave the team this year.

On a personal level, Alonso feels that he has a lot to learn before he can take up the Real Madrid job.

“We believe Xabi Alonso is the number one option to replace Carlo Ancelotti in 2024,” wrote the journalist in his column for Caught Offside.

“There were also ideas this summer but he’s very clear in this position. He told Leverkusen he won’t leave this summer because he knows that he’s still new and he won’t put the club in this situation.

“But in 2024, there would be no excuse if Real Madrid is asking for him. Of course, he’s interested and Leverkusen knows that there will be the possibility of Real Madrid coming in for him. I think at the moment he is one of the biggest solutions and has the best chance to get this job,” explained Falk.

Alonso started his managerial journey in June 2019 with Real Sociedad B. In October 2022, Leverkusen came calling and such was Alonso’s influence that he guided the Germans from second bottom to the sixth-placed finish.

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur were said to be interested this summer, but Alonso committed to Leverkusen for one more season, making it perfect for Madrid to pounce on him next year when Ancelotti leaves.

There have been talks of a possible return for Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Ancelotti, while promoting Raul Gonzalez from the Castilla outfit is also being discussed.

But as things stand, it appears that Alonso is the No. 1 candidate to take over the reins when Ancelotti moves on in 2024.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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