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Real Madrid to pay close attention on former player during World Cup



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Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on the developments of several players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and if a report from Diario SPORT is to be believed, one of them includes their former prodigy Take Kubo.

The 21-year-old Japan international, who passed his trial to join FC Barcelona’s youth Academy La Masia in 2011, joined Real Madrid in 2019 and was immediately sent on loan to Mallorca in search of regular first-team football.

Between 2019 and 2022, Kubo was shipped on loan to as many as three different teams, including Mallorca (twice), Villarreal and Getafe before being sold to Real Sociedad ahead of the ongoing season for a reported €6.5 million fee.

Interestingly enough, keeping his future in mind, Real Madrid decided to keep 50% of the Japanese player’s rights and will be able to buy him back as his contract includes a buy-back option too.

Over the years, Kubo has become more of an expert in Spanish La Liga, having appeared in more than 100 games in the competition. This season, he has made 17 appearances across all competitions for Real Sociedad while scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, SPORT has also mentioned that the Madrid management will also keep an eye on a certain Marco Asensio at the world event in Qatar. 

The 26-year-old winger ends his current deal at the end of the season and while he wishes to continue, the team management hasn’t made any movement in that regard as of today. But if he stands out among the rest at the world cup, the team might think of his continuity.

Speaking of targets that are being monitored, the aforementioned outlet says the likes of Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) are all in sight at the moment.

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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.

And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.

Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.

However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.

Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.

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