Speculation has been rife within the Real Madrid camp regarding Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club following this season.
While Madrid have not necessarily been at their best, they have still found ways to grab important results and are second on the La Liga table behind Girona, and have secured qualification into the last 16 of the Champions League.
Ancelotti has been a stable presence at the helm of the Galacticos, and while the Italian has expressed his loyalties to Madrid, he has been rather cryptic about committing to the club after the 23-24 season.
Strong links have also emerged about the experienced coach taking up a job with the Brazilian national team, but nothing has materialized yet.
However, according to reports just coming in from Jose Felix Diaz (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Madrid-Ancelotti story may have some legs yet.
Perez and Ancelotti want to continue the relationship
Florentino Perez, despite his reputation as a notoriously impatient president, seems to have full trust in Carlo Ancelotti.
Unless the Italian specifically states that he sees his future outside Madrid, Diaz reports that there is not much reason for the system to change.
Much of the criticism in the media was external noise after Madrid’s poor result against cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid, but there may be chances of discussing a contract extension in the near future.
The Madrid administration also understand that the squad’s ability to perform has dipped due to their extensive injury woes, and the benefit of doubt currently lies with Ancelotti.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.