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Real Madrid star on Ancelotti to Brazil rumours: “We joke, but every joke has some truth”

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Speaking to GE Globo, Real Madrid and Brazil forward Rodrygo Goes has opened up on the rumours linking manager Carlo Ancelotti to the Selecao national team job.

Ancelotti has emerged as the top managerial target for Brazil, who axed Tite after the nation’s quarter-final exit from the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The Brazilian Football Confederation and Ancelotti himself have distanced themselves from these rumours in the past, but the links have not stopped.

Recently, it was revealed that Brazil are still closely monitoring Ancelotti’s situation at Real Madrid, as he could be sacked at the end of the season.

And Brazil goalkeeper Ederson added more fuel to the fire by claiming that the Italian could be taking over the reins at the end of the season.

Now, Rodrygo has further stoked the flames, stating that Real Madrid’s Brazil players do joke with Ancelotti about the national team job, while adding that every joke has some amount of truth to it.

“We tell Ancelotti that we (Brazil) are waiting for him. He jokes that we’re going to announce the call-ups together. We talk about it jokingly but every joke has a little bit of truth in it,” Rodrygo said.

“The situation is difficult, you have to leave Real Madrid to come here. So I can’t say beforehand how it’s going to be, but of course, it would be an honour to have him here,” he added.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Ancelotti, especially with rumours swirling that his time in Madrid could come to an end if he fails to win a major trophy this season.

As things stand, Real Madrid are 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and are trailing 1-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. They face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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