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Real Madrid managerial target discusses his future: “I will take my own decisions”

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Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, who has been linked with Real Madrid, has said that he will make his own decision about his future and he will think about it whenever he feels the right time.

Alonso has been strongly associated with the managerial position at Real Madrid this season since there is widespread speculation suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti is poised to depart from the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, forcing Madrid to be on the hunt for a replacement.

In addition to the rumours connecting Alonso with the La Liga powerhouse, he has also emerged as a potential candidate to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. 

However, when asked about his future, the former midfielder told The Guardian that he is not thinking about it at the moment.

“It depends on if you want to be pushed to take other people’s decisions or if you want to make your own decisions,” he said.

“And so far, I’ve been clear. I will take my own decisions when I feel it is the right moment for whatever. So that’s going to happen for sure,” he added.

Alonso’s direct arrival at Real Madrid is uncertain

Xabi Alonso is linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Getty Images)

It’s been quoted quite a few times before that Alonso is the most favourable candidate to replace Ancelotti. However, as suggested earlier, Madrid president Florentino Perez is far from convinced regarding his appointment as Ancelotti’s successor.

The Madrid president is yearning for an experienced candidate and it appears that Alonso, being a relatively young coach, may not be fully aligned with the criteria sought by Perez. 

Despite acknowledging the former midfielder’s commendable development at Leverkusen, Perez’s reservations persist.

And then there are these rumours linking Alonso with the Real Sociedad job. Through this route, Alonso will gather the much-needed experience to finally coach Real Madrid and even Sociedad, who are currently under the leadership of Imanol Alguacil, will get a top-class manager.

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Real Madrid defender clarifies social media post after exclusion from Spain Euro squad

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With the Spanish domestic season officially complete, all attention in Spain is on the upcoming European Championships.

Transcending the divide of clubs, Luis de la Fuente’s men will head to Germany next month, hoping to better their semifinal finish four years ago.

A big development on that front came earlier today when the RFEF officially announced the manager’s provisional squad for the event.

Recently crowned Spanish champions, Real Madrid, had only three representatives in the squad – Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Joselu. Lucas Vazquez, notably, did not earn a call-up.

Vazquez sends a message

With 11 goal contributions in 37 games this season, it is almost astounding that Vazquez was overlooked by the Spanish management. The development, needless to say, came as a surprise to the player as well.

Vazquez soon posted laughing emojis on his official X account, seemingly mocking the coach’s decision to exclude him. He did, however, delete it soon after.

When asked about the tweet, the right-back denied it having anything to do with the Euro selection, saying,

“It had nothing to do with it, I give maximum support to the National Team. In the end, it is the coach who makes the decisions, we must respect him,” he said via COPE.

Set to stay

The 32-year-old right-back’s current contract with Real Madrid runs out this summer, and there has been no clear acceleration of talks between the parties to confirm an extension.

As revealed earlier this month, however, both parties are clear on their intent to continue working together for next season.

Despite his age, Vazquez has proven to be a more than worthy backup for Dani Carvajal and will continue the role in 2024-25.

The club’s hunt for a new young right-back and a long-term replacement, is this likely to be postponed to next summer.

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