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Real Madrid president has prepared a five-man shortlist as Ancelotti replacements – report



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The Madrid media has been working hard on the topic of Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club. With his side struggling to dominate like they did last season, the Italian tactician faces a serious possibility of losing his job come June.

Reports regarding his potential successor have been thrown at the drop of a hat, making it difficult to read into the authenticity of the claims.

El Confidencial (h/t Madrid Xtra) attempts to summarise all the candidates being considered by Florentino Perez and reports that there are five contenders.

Raul Gonzalez, the current manager at the Castilla, is one of the best-placed candidates. The club legend has guided the subsidiary team to fourth place in the league standings, just six points behind the leaders of the Primera RFEF division. It would only be just to give him the promotion he deserved.

Yet, there are managers with UEFA Champions League experience available on the market who boast of a CV far superior to Raul. One such candidate is Julian Nagelsmann who was fired yesterday at Bayern Munich.

The German coach had the Bavarians just one point off the Bundesliga standings’ summit and in the quarterfinal of the UCL. He has spoken about being open to coaching Real Madrid in the past and could thus arrive in the summer.

Xabi Alonso is the third name on the table and another who, like Raul, lacks experience at the highest level. Yet, if his current stint at Bayer Leverkusen is anything to go by, he has the tactical acumen required to succeed managing a top club.

Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are two other names discussed internally in the club offices. Both managers are currently without a club and would be available easily in June. However, the Argentine’s disappointing spell at PSG may spark doubts over his appointment, and it is not clear if Zidane would favour a return for the third time.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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