As Real Madrid continue to maintain uncertainty on the future of Carlo Ancelotti, rumours have intensified over Xabi Alonso potentially joining the club as head coach next season.
The Spaniard is currently one of the hottest candidates to replace Ancelotti, especially following his plaudits at Bayer Leverkusen.
Xabi Alonso in no hurry to join Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso, though, has no immediate desire to return to the Santiago Bernabeu as the head coach. The Spaniard himself addressed these rumours in a recent interview with Movistar.
When asked about the release clause of his Bayer Leverkusen contract, Alonso said (h/t SPORT), “These are contract issues. I am very connected and very comfortable here.”
Xabi Alonso joined Leverkusen in October last year, on the back of success coaching the Real Sociedad reserve team. In over a year, Leverkusen have enjoyed immense success under the Spaniard.
Die Werkself are leading the Bundesliga table, ahead of giants Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.
Earlier reports have pointed out that Xabi Alonso does have a special clause in his contract that would allow him to join Real Madrid on a cut-price deal. But it appears the coach is not comfortable talking about it right now.
What does the future hold for Ancelotti?
As things stand, Ancelotti still remains in contention to prolong his stay at the Bernabeu beyond 2024, despite interest from the Brazilian national team.
The Italian mastermind, in fact, might still be the favourite to occupy the hot seat at Real Madrid next season.
In fact, recent reports suggest that Real Madrid intend to tie down Ancelotti’s renewal before Christmas with Brazil knocking on his doors.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.