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Real Madrid monitoring former midfielder’s managerial tenure for the future – report



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Former midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is being monitored by Real Madrid as part of the candidacy for the future role of the team’s first team manager, reports Rodrigo Faez while writing for ESPN.

The 40-year-old was appointed Leverkusen’s manager on October 5 following the dismissal of Gerardo Seoane. The Eternal Bridesmaids, as Leverkusen are known for famously missing out on a potential treble in 2002, went on to win their first game under Alonso, beating Schalke 4-0 at home.

Before the Spaniard’s appointment, the team from German Bundesliga had tallied a mere five points from their first eight games of the league. They did lose their Champions League tie against Porto, but early signs under Alonso have been extremely positive.

As for Real Madrid, they are of the opinion that Alonso could be a perfect fit for the managerial role in the future.

That is mostly because, first, he has had the opportunity to play under some of the finest names in the sport, including Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.

Second, he remains a familiar face in the city of Madrid, having spent five successful seasons with Real Madrid and is also loved by the fans to bit.

In 2018, while completing his UEFA-accredited coaching course, he also managed Real Madrid’s U-14 team before assuming the role with Real Sociedad B in 2019.

In only his second season, Sociedad B earned the promotion to the Segunda Division. Towards the end of the 2021-22 Segunda Division, however, the team was relegated back to Primera Division RFEF.

The current idea for Real Madrid is to observe his style of coaching and see how he develops as a manager, especially since the job at Leverkusen is his first assignment in top-flight football. If everything goes their way, he will indeed be considered in future.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report




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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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