Regardless of what has been claimed in the media, Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid is very much an open topic and if a report from SPORT is to be believed, the team from the Spanish capital has offered him an extension, but the Italian is not convinced with the terms mentioned in it.
The Real Madrid manager is se to be out of contract at the end of the season and while Los Blanco are doing their homework of potential replacements, they are also working to see if Ancelotti is willing to continue beyond the ongoing season.
At the same time, though, the record European champions are aware of the fact that there is a vacancy within the Brazil national football team and the South American nation is doing everything in its power to lure the Italian in.
So far, it has been reported that once Ancelotti leaves is role at Real Madrid, he will not return to club football, meaning that the Brazil job is now gaining strength.
What’s Real Madrid’s offer?
Ever since Brazil expressed interest in securing the services of the Italian, a sequence of developments has unfolded, casting uncertainty over his future.
The Brazilian Confederation affirmed on two occasions that Ancelotti is set to join them once he departs Real Madrid. However, the manager has refuted these claims, emphasizing his commitment to Real Madrid and indicating that he would prioritize any offers from Los Blancos.
This stance seems to be in line with recent events, as the club has extended an offer for an additional year on his contract.
Ancelotti not aligned with the terms
However, Ancelotti remains unconvinced about committing to an additional season under the terms stipulated by Real Madrid as he is aware that agreeing to a one-year extension would mean he can either stay for the rest of his career or he could be sacked within months owing to results.
On the other hand, the alluring proposal from Brazil presents a fresh and enticing experience for the Italian. Now, he has indeed managed some of the top clubs in his career, but he has never experienced the taste of national team football.
While his initial plan was to retire following the conclusion of his contract with Madrid, the allure of guiding a five-time world champion proved too irresistible to decline.
Above all, the South American nation is also allowing him to guide the team in the Copa America next year and set them up for the challenges of the 2026 World Cup, something that he did not anticipate at this juncture in his career.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.