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Real Madrid managerial target gunning to replace Ancelotti in 2026 – report

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Xabi Alonso put an end to speculation over his future by announcing his desire to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.

The Spaniard announced his decision in the midst of interest from clubs like Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who were keen on hiring him in the coming summer.

Alonso, though, has clarified he wants to continue his progress as a coach at Leverkusen, snubbing Liverpool and Bayern in the process.

Mission Madrid for Alonso

As Alonso prepares for a prolonged spell at Leverkusen, a new report from AS suggests it is part of the Spaniard’s plan to join Real Madrid in 2026.

While many speculated on his choice to continue at Leverkusen, it becomes clearer when viewed through the lens of his long-term ambition – to one day lead Real Madrid from the dugout.

Mission Madrid for Alonso (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

As evident from his career as a footballer, Alonso is a visionary who approaches every decision with precision, just like a master architect.

Even in his career as a manager, Alonso appears to have mapped out his future. Although his former clubs such as Bayern and Liverpool are indeed exciting opportunities – it appears the Spaniard wants to head the Real Madrid project.

Timing to perfection

But Alonso recognises that timing is crucial. The impending conclusion of Carlo Ancelotti’s contract at Real Madrid in 2026 presents a window of opportunity for Alonso to make his mark.

In doing so, Alonso also maintains a good relationship with Leverkusen. The former Real Madrid midfielder is grateful to the German outfit for their trust, while the club itself value the coach highly in light of the team’s stupendous success this season.

For now, Alonso’s focus will be to lead Bayer Leverkusen to a Bundesliga title and put an end to Bayern Munich’s dominance in German football.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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