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Real Madrid would be delighted if Ancelotti leaves, Pochettino most likely replacement

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Real Madrid are staring at an uncertain summer, particularly due to the precarious situation of their managerial position.

Carlo Ancelotti has faced immense pressure from the board following a series of poor displays in domestic competitions. This has been coupled with three back-to-back losses at the hands of eternal rivals FC Barcelona.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of candidates have emerged as a potential replacement for Ancelotti come the end of the season. Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently fired by Bayern Munich, is one of them.

However, according to Alfredo Matilla, Real Madrid, although determined to get rid of Ancelotti in the summer, in the form of a gentleman’s agreement, are favouring a move for Mauricio Pochettino as his desired replacement.

Pochettino was linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu a few years ago, but the move did not materialise. Since then, he has publicly stated his desire to become a coach at Real Madrid and a man of his word, he has continued to turn down offers from other clubs.

A potential move to Bernabeu is looking more real than ever, with the Argentine emerging as the frontrunner, ahead of other options such as Nagelsmann and most recently, Marcelo Gallardo.

Formerly of Tottenham and PSG, Pochettino has not managed a club since his departure from Paris in the middle of 2022. However, he has extensive managerial experience, having overseen almost 300 matches at Spurs while taking charge of 84 matches for PSG as well.

Pochettino has experience managing in Spain as well, having started his career with a stint at Espanyol. He can, therefore, be an interesting option for Real Madrid as they look for a fresh start after a disappointing season under Ancelotti.

The Italian tactician, in turn, looks likely to join the Brazilian national team in the summer, as a direct replacement for Tite.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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