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Real Madrid’s four-man shortlist if Ancelotti leaves in the summer – report

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As we approach the final phase of the 2022/23 campaign, there is a lot of noise surrounding the future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian tactician looked untouchable last year when he guided the team to La Liga, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup trophies.

However, missteps in the league has seen Los Blancos fall behind arch-rivals Barcelona by nine points and the title is already looking lost. Meanwhile, the Spanish capital club are also trailing in the Copa del Rey semi-final against the Blaugrana.

Real Madrid are still in a good position to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. But failure to win any major trophy this season could see the club part ways with Ancelotti, despite his contract running until 2024.

Amidst this, SportBILD is reporting that Real Madrid already have a four-man managerial shortlist prepared in case Ancelotti’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu comes to an end this season.

Thomas Tuchel is one of the names under consideration at Real Madrid as per the report. The German tactician is currently unattached after being sacked by Chelsea earlier this season.

The former Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss is believed to be keen on the job, with reports suggesting that he is already learning Spanish to prepare himself for the opportunity.

Another former PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino, is believed to be on the list of the Merengues. The Argentine excelled during his time at Tottenham but his stint in Paris was far from memorable. But his stock remains high and Real Madrid view him as a possible contender.

Real Madrid are also looking at former midfielder and club legend Xabi Alonso as a potential managerial candidate should Ancelotti depart. The Spaniard is doing excellent things in his maiden job as a first-team manager at Bayer Leverkusen.

The 41-year-old spent time as a youth coach at Real Madrid for a year and trained the Real Sociedad B team for a period as well. He knows the club ethos and philosophy in and out, which makes him an option despite his lack of experience.

Finally, Real Madrid are also looking at Castilla manager Raul Gonzalez as a serious candidate to replace Ancelotti. The club legend has done a fine job with the club’s reserve team over the past couple of seasons.

People within the Real Madrid offices believe he is ready to take over as the first-team manager if Ancelotti is no longer in charge come summer.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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