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Real Madrid youth players send affectionate messages to Xabi Alonso amidst title race

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For a while during this season, as Carlo Ancelotti was strongly linked with the Brazilian National Team job, Real Madrid were weighing up their options to replace him by the end of the season.

Eventually though, Madrid seemed more than satisfied with the Italian’s work, and offered him a two-year contract extension, which he happily signed.

And while his contract runs until 2026 now, all signs point towards the suggestion that Madrid will go into the market to look for a new manager in 2025, and on top of their priority list is Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso.

The former Madrid player started his coaching career with los blancos‘ youth side, coaching the Infantil A. And it seems the players he once coached have not forgotten him.

Alonso receives heart-warming messages

The players Alonso once coached at La Fabrica are now part of Alvaro Arbeloa’s Real Madrid Juvenil A side. This includes Yusi, Jacobo Ramon, Cristian David, Elyaz Zidane, and Hugo de Llanos among others.

As revealed by Jorge C Picon, Alonso mentioned that the players he coached at Real Madrid often send them heartwarming and congratulatory messages, and he responds to them with affection, too.

History maker. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

While he did not mention the subject of these messages, it would be safe to presume that they could entail his success at Leverkusen so far. His team seems en route to life the Bundesliga within a few weeks.

Alonso’s future

Alonso was strongly linked to the Liverpool and Bayern Munich job, but recently announced his decision to continue at Leverkusen for another season, at least. Reports have also claimed that this was due to Madrid’s interest in him for later years.

The Spanish manager seems very interested in taking over the Real Madrid gig once Carlo Ancelotti calls his time at the club, which could be 2026, or even 2025.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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