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.
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.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.