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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti open to accepting Brazil job in 2023 – report
In a big update, journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte is reporting that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been approached over the vacant managerial position with the Brazilian national team.
Following the Selecao’s FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-final exit this past week, Tite decided to step down from the managerial role, leaving a vacancy.
Reports insisted that Pep Guardiola had been approached by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) but the Catalan tactician has only recently renewed with Manchester City and a switch is seen as next to impossible.
Now, though, it is being reported that Real Madrid boss Ancelotti is being viewed as a candidate to replace Tite as the manager of the Brazilian national team.
The report suggests that Ancelotti’s name has been discussed since October and preliminary talks were also held with the Italian tactician to gauge his interest in the post.
And the response from the 63-year-old was reportedly a positive one, with the report claiming that Ancelotti informed that he would be open to the job but insisted that he would only consider it after seeing out the remainder of the 2022/23 season with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti’s contract with Los Blancos runs until the summer of 2024. So in case Brazil do wish to appoint him as their manager and the Italian agrees to take over, the CBF will need to negotiate with Real Madrid over his release.
The 63-year-old is one of the most successful managers in the game of football. Having returned to Real Madrid for his second stint last year, Ancelotti led them to the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League.
It will certainly be intriguing to see whether Ancelotti does end up becoming the manager of the Brazilian national team once the season is out of the way.
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Real Madrid set to go into 2023/24 season without any major reinforcements – report
It has not been a great start to the year for Real Madrid. Barring a win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish giants have been humiliated by their arch-rivals Barcelona three times while dropping points carelessly in La Liga.
With 12 points dividing the two teams at the top of the table, there is not much hope for Real Madrid, in their bid to retain the title.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to immense pressure on Carlo Ancelotti, who is facing a fightback against those who want him gone at the end of the season.
In the midst of this chaos, a recent report from MARCA states that Real Madrid may once again endure a relatively calm transfer market in the coming summer.
It appears the club have no desire to make too many signings in the summer and are set to go into the 2023/24 campaign without any major reinforcements.
It is no doubt that Real Madrid’s poor performances have highlighted the team’s lack of depth and the need for reinforcements. Especially in the attacking and the defensive department, the club clearly need more depth as they often rely on their existing stars.
But it appears Real Madrid are calm about the issue and do not want to take any risks in the coming summer. Even before the start of the 2022/23 season, Aurelien Tchouameni was the club’s only notable signing, much to the disappointment of Ancelotti.
Recent reports have hinted that Real Madrid’s transfer activity would rely on who becomes the coach in the summer. But the club’s static approach to the market in 2023 could make sense, given the club that the Spanish giants are targeting star players such as Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
All of the three aforementioned stars are either available or would be available on a cut-price deal in 2024. Erling Haaland, for one, has a special release clause in his contract that can be activated in 2024, even though Manchester City are actively looking to remove it.
Mbappe, too, has his contract at PSG expiring at the end of the 2023/24 season, so it will be interesting to see how Real Madrid go about their business in the coming summer.