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Real Madrid management convinced that Carlo Ancelotti should continue next season



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Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculations about the future of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. The Italian tactician saw his team slip up in the defence of their La Liga title, leading to pressure on him and rumours about his continuity.

The interest from the Brazil national team only added more fuel to the situation, as reports suggested that Ancelotti could be shown the exit doors if he were to fail to lead the team to a major title before the end of the season.

The 63-year-old, for his part, has always maintained that he intends to see out his contract with Real Madrid, which expires in 2024.

And now, Cadena SER (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that the Real Madrid management is also now convinced that Ancelotti should remain in charge of the team for the next season.

Over the past few months, Los Blancos have been linked with several names as possible managerial candidates. Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino appeared to be the most-liked options, but the former joined Bayern Munich and the latter is close to taking over at Chelsea.

Other names such as Julian Nagelsmann, Xabi Alonso, Zinedine Zidane, and Raul Gonzalez have all been mentioned as possible candidates.

But it seems like Real Madrid believe that they have been unable to find a suitable replacement for their current manager and are ready to stick with him for the next season, especially at a time when they are planning a major transfer such as Jude Bellingham.

Speaking after the Copa del Rey final, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gave Ancelotti his vote of confidence, saying: “I don’t even want to hear about that. We have one more year on his contract. We are very happy with Ancelotti.”

And, as things stand, it looks certain that the Italian could remain in charge of Real Madrid beyond the current season.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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