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Real Madrid legend wants to replace Ancelotti at the Bernabeu amid PSG links



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According to journalist Fabrice Hawkins, PSG are interested in Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso to replace current head coach Christophe Galtier.

However, the former Spain international is not leaning towards the job as he wants to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid when the latter leaves the Santiago Bernabeu.

Alonso, 41, is a legend at Real Madrid and enjoyed several successful years at the club in his playing career. Since hanging up his boots, the former midfielder spent time as a coach with the Merengues’ youth teams and had a stint with Real Sociedad’s reserves.

Alonso was given his big break by Bayer Leverkusen earlier this season and he has enjoyed a fine campaign in Germany.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner has taken Die Werkself from 17th to sixth place in the Bundesliga table as well as guided them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, where they lost to Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma.

Despite not having much experience at the highest level, PSG are understood to be attracted to Alonso due to the way his team plays as well as his handling of the players. To that end, they have already initiated contact with the 41-year-old’s entourage.

However, they are unlikely to succeed in their pursuit of Alonso due to two factors. For starters, the 41-year-old does not wish to leave Bayer Leverkusen right away, with the club also keen to hand him a new contract.

On top of that, the report states that Alonso is keen to succeed Ancelotti as the manager of Real Madrid once the Italian tactician vacates the spot.

Over the past few months, when Ancelotti’s future had been in question, Alonso’s name had featured prominently in the rumour mill as a possible replacement.

However, the 63-year-old Real Madrid boss is set to stay put at the club for one more season, with his contract expiring next year. As such, Alonso seemingly wishes to replace Ancelotti when that happens.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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