Real Madrid have enjoyed some of their best times in the last decade under Carlo Ancelotti’s tutelage.
There is no end to the list of accolades the Italian tactician has overseen during his two stints at the club, for he is one of their greatest managers in living memory.
Yet, not much is known about his continuity beyond this season, with his contract expiring in 2024.
The Brazil national team are confident that Ancelotti will join them next summer as he looks for his next big managerial challenge
Amidst the confusion, the offices at Valdebebas hope to keep a backup option in place if the manager departs next summer.
No dearth of experience
Alonso is largely considered one of the best midfielders in Real Madrid’s history. He made over 150 appearances for Los Blancos during his stint in Madrid, winning two UCL titles in the process.
He began his managerial career with the Real Madrid U-14 team before moving to Real Sociedad B in 2019. His rapid ascent continued as he earned a move to the first division in Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
In less than a year at the club, Alonso has already taken the German side to the semifinal of the UEFA Europa League and appears ready to take the next big step.
The links to Alonso are not entirely new and it appears that the former midfielder is the favourite to take over from Ancelotti.
However, he did sign a new contract until 2026 with Leverkusen recently, which could make matters tricky for Los Blancos.
Who are the other options?
Alonso is quite clearly the front-runner to replace Ancelotti next summer but is understandably not the only candidate interested.
Los Blancos have enjoyed a spectacular run under Zinedine Zidane in recent seasons and a third stint for the French legend cannot be ruled out.
Moreover, Raul Gonzalez is pushing for promotion to the status of first-team manager after his Castilla side’s impressive run.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.