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Real Madrid president has some doubts about 42-year-old Ancelotti replacement candidate

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Xabi Alonso has made headlines in Europe recently by announcing his desire to continue at Bayer Leverkusen, snubbing Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the process.

Alonso’s decision has been received well at Real Madrid, with many within the club wanting him to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2025.

Alonso himself appears to favour a move to Santiago Bernabeu and is ready to time his move to perfection.

Florentino Perez’s doubts about Xabi Alonso

However, despite the recent signal from Alonso, it seems the Real Madrid board is not completely convinced about the young tactician.

According to The Athletic, Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez rates Perez quite highly. Many people on the board, including him, believe that Alonso could work well with the pool of youngsters Real Madrid have at their disposal right now.

However, the report adds that club president Florentino Perez is less convinced Alonso is ready for such a step up.

Florentino Perez is not entirely sure of Xabi Alonso (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Alonso, after all, had no real experience in professional management until he was hired by Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

Man City also on the prowl

The report from The Athletic further suggests Xabi Alonso’s decision to stay at Bayer Leverkusen was not entirely motivated by his desire to join Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants, in fact, have made no contact with the Leverkusen coach recently, which raises suspicion as to whether or not the Spaniard is looking for other opportunities that may arise in 2025.

The report mentions Manchester City as a potential destination for Alonso, with many considering him as an ideal replacement for Pep Guardiola.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not in an immediate need to look for managerial options. But if they are to sign Alonso sometime in the future, the club must leave no stone unturned when it comes to keeping a strong rapport with the Spaniard.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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