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Real Madrid to face Man City hurdle in future pursuit of title-winning managerial target

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Xabi Alonso has become the hottest prospect in the managerial market right now after leading Bayer Leverkusen to a Bundesliga title in his first season.

Alonso has also led Leverkusen to the Europa League semifinals, with the German giants one of the favourites to win the competition.

In light of Alonso’s unprecedented success at Leverkusen, many European giants are mulling over a move for the Spaniard in the near future.

Alonso has confirmed he will be staying at Bayer Leverkusen next season, but he could become a top target for various clubs in 2025, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services.

Man City join race to sign Alonso

In a massive blow for Real Madrid, it appears even Manchester City have joined the race to sign Xabi Alonso sometime in the future.

That is according to Diario AS, which suggests that the Premier League champions want Alonso to replace Pep Guardiola, whose contract at Etihad expires in 2025.

Xabi Alonso is a hot prospect in Europe right now (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Guardiola has enjoyed immense success during his time at Man City and it will be hard for the English club to replace him.

However, Man City believe Alonso has what it takes to replace the Catalan – both tactically and mentally.

Where will Xabi move next?

Manchester City are not the only club interested in the services of Xabi Alonso. As per the report, the Spaniard has also been courted by Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Alonso has played for both Madrid and Bayern in the past and one would expect him to prioritise a move to either of these clubs.

Spanish media has reported earlier that Alonso is gunning for a move to Real Madrid, as a potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti.

But as things stand, Xabi Alonso would like to focus on ending the season on a strong note, with Bayer Leverkusen in contention to win the Europa League.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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