Even though Carlo Ancelotti has insisted time and again that he wishes to fulfil his contract at Real Madrid, which expires next year, rumours over his future refuse to go away.
Ancelotti’s continuity at Real Madrid could be in jeopardy if he fails to deliver the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League trophies, especially given their poor showings in La Liga.
At the same time, the Brazilian national team continue to lie in wait to try and appoint the Italian tactician as their next manager and have given him a deadline of May 25 to answer.
Real Madrid have been linked with Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement but the Argentine seems to be on his way to Chelsea. Julian Nagelsmann is another name on the agenda, although some doubts persist over him after how things went at Bayern Munich.
Another name that is under consideration at the Santiago Bernabeu if Ancelotti is no longer in charge after the current season is former manager and club legend Zinedine Zidane.
And, according to fresh reports from Foot Mercato, Real Madrid have already made contact with Zidane over a possible return ahead of next season in case Ancelotti were to leave.
The 50-year-old enjoyed two special stints as manager of Real Madrid, leading the club to a hat-trick of Champions League triumphs in his first spell, along with several other titles and won the La Liga title in his second stint.
In all, Zidane led Real Madrid to as many as 11 trophies across two spells before stepping away in 2021. Since then he has been unattached, and had been waiting for the France national team job. But with Didier Deschamps renewing his contract that is no longer an option.
Juventus and PSG have been mentioned as possible destinations for Zidane, but a return to Real Madrid, even though it could be complicated, is not ruled out.
In fact, Foot Mercato reports that contacts have resumed between Zizou and the Merengues over a possible return this summer as uncertainty looms over Ancelotti’s future.
Zidane’s possible return could also open the doors for Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid. The French forward snubbed the Spanish giants last summer in favour of remaining at PSG but is understood to have grown unhappy at his club and wants to join Los Blancos.
Zidane’s return could further reinforce Mbappe’s desire to sign for the Merengues, while the club could also warm up to the idea despite being brutally snubbed last summer.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.