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Real Madrid managerial target in awe of Ancelotti: “He is the master of all coaches”

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Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, who happens to be one of the candidates Real Madrid are looking at to replace Carlo Ancelotti, has said that the Italian manager is the master of all coaches, adding that in terms of player management, he is the best.

Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid currently happens to be one of the hottest topics in the Spanish capital. The 64-year-old master tactician has a contract that runs out at the end of the ongoing season and there has been no major development in that regard.

Meanwhile, Alonso, who happens to be the top candidate to replace Ancelotti, was recently asked about his views on the Italian tactician, to which he said:

“Carlo Ancelotti is the master of all coaches. In terms of player management, he is a master, and when you talk about the way he wants to persuade the players or how to make the players have a good relationship with you, Ancelotti is the best coach at that,” he was quoted by AS.

Real Madrid have offered Ancelotti an extension

A few days back, we reported that Real Madrid approached Ancelotti with an extension offer, but the Italian did not seem to like the terms mentioned in it.

As it’s been Madrid’s policy, the team from the capital city offered him a one-year extension, but Ancelotti fears that if there is a dip in performance, he could be sacked within months.

Ancelotti’s current contract expires at the end of the season. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

At the same time, he is also aware of the fact that if results are consistent, he could potentially see out the rest of his coaching career at Madrid.

On the other hand, he is also said to be tempted by the offer he has from the Brazil national team. While the tenure of that offer is currently unknown, the Italian has been offered a chance to lead the team in Copa America as well as the next FIFA World Cup.

What’s Madrid thinking beyond Ancelotti?

As of today, Alonso happens to be topping the shortlist Real Madrid have created, but a certain Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton & Hove Albion is on the agenda as well.

So far, nothing major has panned out in the context, but if Alonso is willing to move to Real Madrid, Leverkusen will not stand in his way, as said by the club CEO earlier.

“We’re not going to force someone to stay if he doesn’t want to stay. We want him to feel so happy and so good with us that he really only wants to stay and this is our objective,” said the Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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