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Three managers Real Madrid are considering as replacements for Carlo Ancelotti – report

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With Carlo Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid expiring in the summer of 2024, it has been suggested that the Italian will move on from the club and take over as the manager of the Brazilian national team.

The 64-year-old returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2021 and has won all possible trophies across the last two seasons. But their partnership is likely to come to an end next year, with a spot in the Selecao dugout waiting for him, as revealed by CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues.

Even though an official announcement is yet to be made, Real Madrid are already starting to work on their succession plan for Ancelotti.

And according to journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, three standout options have been identified as possible replacements for Ancelotti. And the three names are Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, and Castilla’s Raul Gonzalez.

The links to Alonso are not new, with reports from Germany suggesting that he is the No. 1 candidate to take over from Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.

The former Los Blancos midfielder has knowledge of playing in England, Spain, and Germany and has accrued a lot of experience as a player, which he has translated into his managerial career, helping Leverkusen qualify for Europe after taking over when they were in the relegation zone.

Jurgen Klopp on Real Madrid’s radar (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Alonso appeals a lot to club president Florentino Perez, but at the same time, the Real Madrid supremo has not lost sight of Klopp, who has been on the club’s agenda for years. Indeed, the report states that the German has been admired by the Merengues ever since his Borussia Dortmund days and could be an option to succeed Ancelotti.

As for Raul, he is seen as an in-house solution, with the Real Madrid administration impressed with the job he has done at Castilla in recent years. The 46-year-old may have failed to lead Castilla to promotion to La Liga 2 last season, but he remains in contention to replace Ancelotti.

Apart from these three names, Real Madrid are also looking at Julian Nagelsmann, who left Bayern Munich earlier this year. Meanwhile, another former player, Alvaro Arbeloa, who has done a fine job with the club’s Juvenil A setup, is also seen as a candidate, although he is an outside choice at the moment.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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