The news of Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season is well known by now. With the Brazilian National Team willing to throw the kitchen sink to appoint him as their next head coach, it was always coming.
However, it has also been reported that no official announcement of the same will be made until January. The Italian tactician wishes to focus on the job at hand and remains completely committed to the project in Madrid.
The news remaining unofficial, however, appears to have had no impact on Rodrygo’s statement when asked about Ancelotti’s future earlier this week as revealed by MARCA.
The youngster spoke openly about the potential appointment of Ancelotti as the Brazil manager in the future, saying:
“I know Ancelotti is Brazil’s plan A, the president is counting on him and so are we. Having him in the national team will be very important, I’m sure he’s going to teach us a lot.”
The 22-year-old is currently on duty with the National Team and is under the tutelage of Ramon Menezes, the interim coach. While he had no role to play against Senegal, he was on point in Brazil’s match against Guinea last weekend and even scored a goal on the night.
Rodrygo provided nine goals and eight assists for Real Madrid in La Liga last season. In that duration, he racked up close to 1.5 key passes and three shots per game in addition to creating ten big chances for Ancelotti’s men.
The youngster has grown leaps and bounds in the two seasons he has played under Ancelotti. And he will be hoping to continue benefiting from the Italian should he take over the Brazil job next year as expected.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.