Interestingly enough, only three of the last five Champions League-winning managers are currently in a club job.
Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid in 2018 and has not returned to coaching since, while Hansi Flick took up the responsibility of managing the German national team. Most curiously, Thomas Tuchel was sacked as Chelsea manager this year, and will likely take a sabbatical as well before returning to football.
Tuchel has already managed Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea in his managerial career. There are few teams in the world bigger than the three, and it seems the German has already set his eyes on them.
A report from BILD (h/t MadridXtra) claims that Tuchel is ‘appealed’ by the idea of managing Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Juventus in the near future.
Of the three, it seems the Madrid job will be the perfect fit for the former Chelsea boss. Not only will it fall in line with the club’s mentality of hiring big coaches, but the current crop of Galacticos would also fit Tuchel’s tactical approach.
Carlo Ancelotti has previously stated that he is likely to retire at the end of his Madrid coaching tenure – whenever that may be.
If history is anything to go by, though, the Italian could face fire if he fails to win trophies this season. He was sacked at the end of the 2014/15 campaign after going trophyless, even though Madrid famously won the Champions League in the 2013/14 season under him.
As for Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri has received Juventus’ board backing despite failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
The Old Lady are, somehow, third in the Serie A, with the table separated by just nine points between second-placed AC Milan and eighth-placed Udinese.
Barcelona’s case is definitely the most farfetched, though. Xavi’s team are currently sitting top of La Liga, and Joan Laport has already gone on record to give the Spaniard his unconditional backing for the project.
That said, it seems rather impossible that either of the three teams will be looking for a manager in between this season. At the end of it, however, Tuchel could be facing a potential interview for his dream job.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.