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Real Madrid make contact with 44-year-old Premier League manager to take over from Ancelotti

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With Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti set to be out of contract at the end of the current season, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his future.

It has been constantly suggested that the Italian tactician will be on his way to the Brazilian national team, with a recent update even claiming that everything is agreed and signed.

But, sources in Spain believe that there is nothing signed and in fact, Real Madrid are now considering offering a new contract to the 64-year-old.

Roberto De Zerbi on the agenda?

With Ancelotti’s future still up in the air, Joaquim Piera of SPORT is now reporting that Real Madrid have identified Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi as a candidate to replace the veteran tactician.

The 44-year-old Italian manager has done a sterling job since taking over the reins at Brighton and was recently heralded by Pep Guardiola as “one of the most influential technicians of the last twenty years.”

With Florentino Perez looking to revolutionise the squad for next season and the amount of young talent already at Real Madrid, De Zerbi is seen as an ideal bet to get the best out of them and lead the team to success.

Ancelotti to leave in 2024? (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Negotiations taking place

The report goes on to state that negotiations between Real Madrid and De Zerbi have already taken place, although they are still in the initial phase.

Perez believes that the 44-year-old is the right man to get the best out of the wealth of young talent at the club in the form of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jude Bellingham, and Arda Guler, to which Endrick will also be added next summer.

Former Real Madrid midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso was understood to be the frontrunner, but it appears now that De Zerbi could also be in the fray to succeed Ancelotti.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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