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Real Madrid see club legend as a possible candidate to replace Ancelotti – report

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Of late, there has been some sort of uncertainty over the future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, especially after last weekend’s defeat to RCD Mallorca in La Liga.

It was reported that failure to win the FIFA Club World Cup could result in the Italian getting the sack. However, those claims have been dismissed, with Ancelotti getting until the end of the season to hold on to his job.

Even if he does stay, Ancelotti’s contract with Los Blancos expires next year and the club might have to start looking for a replacement sooner or later.

And, according to journalist Sergio Santos, Real Madrid see club legend and current Castilla manager Raul Gonzalez as a possible candidate to replace Ancelotti when the Italian moves on.

An icon at the Bernabeu, Raul made over 700 appearances for the club and went on to score 323 goals during that period. The former striker took over the reins of the Castilla team in 2019 and has since done a solid job at the helm of the subsidiary side.

Castilla have been doing particularly well this season and are pushing for promotion from the First RFEF Division.

When Zinedine Zidane stepped down as manager in 2021, Raul’s name was considered but the administration felt he was not ready for the job at the time.

However, that has seemingly changed now and the club officials believe that the 45-year-old is ready to coach the senior team.

So, Raul’s name will be on the table if and when Ancelotti’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu comes to an end.

The former Spanish international recently turned down overtures from Leeds United, who wanted him to replace Jesse Marsch. Clubs like Espanyol, Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke have also shown interest, but Raul has stayed put at Castilla.

The club have been impressed by the 45-year-old’s coaching skills and the development of some of the youngsters he has trained, such as Fran Garcia and Miguel Gutierrez, who are shining away from the club, while the likes of Sergio Arribas, Mario Martin, and Alvaro Rodriguez are getting minutes with the first team.

While he will not be the chosen one, Real Madrid will look at Raul as a serious candidate when the time comes for the club to name Ancelotti’s successor.

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”

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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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