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Real Madrid want to tie up Carlo Ancelotti’s contract renewal before Christmas – report

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There has been plenty of rumours about the future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in recent months.

The 64-year-old tactician has been heavily courted by the Brazilian national team, who remain confident of his arrival despite the Italian distancing himself from that job.

Of late, there has also been talk of Real Madrid wanting to offer a new contract to Ancelotti to keep him at the club beyond the ongoing season.

Real Madrid want to tie up Ancelotti’s renewal before Christmas

Now, journalist Sergio Santos is reporting that Carlo Ancelotti’s contract renewal at Real Madrid is only a matter of weeks.

As per the report, Real Madrid want Ancelotti to remain their coach next season and have set the wheels in motion to renew the Italian coach with a two-year contract.

The plan had always been to open renewal talks with the veteran manager towards the end of the season based on how the team is doing and things are going quite well for Los Blancos so far, despite the number of injuries.

Indeed, Real Madrid are the current leaders in La Liga and have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Staying put. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Meeting in the summer

Last summer, when Brazil Football Confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues boldly claimed that Ancelotti would be their manager come Copa America 2024, Real Madrid officials held a meeting with the Italian to discuss the situation.

During those meetings, Carletto made it clear that Real Madrid are his first choice and he will wait until the end for a contract offer, something he again confirmed in a press conference last Saturday.

Satisfied by his words during the summer, Los Blancos officials informed him that a new contract offer would be tabled in November or December, as long as the start to the season met the desired levels, which it has.

As such, it is taken for granted in the offices that Ancelotti will accept the offer that they plan on making him imminently, with the matter expected to be resolved before Christmas.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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