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Xabi Alonso backed to become Real Madrid manager in the future by Leverkusen CEO

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Bayer Leverkusen have dominated the headlines in the world of football after securing the Bundesliga title for the first time in the club’s history.

Leverkusen also ended Bayern Munich’s 11-year monopoly in German football, and it was all thanks to the brilliance of Xabi Alonso.

The Spaniard has become the hottest managerial prospect in Europe right now after leading Leverkusen to a league title in his first season at the club.

Although Alonso has confirmed he will stay at Leverkusen next season, various European clubs, including Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the former midfielder.

Leverkusen CEO backs Alonso to join Madrid

Now, in a major boost for Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has recently admitted that Alonso could join Los Blancos in the future.

“It’s possible that Xabi Alonso will become Real Madrid manager one day, yes,” Carro told AS (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

Xabi Alonso led Leverkusen to a Bundesliga title (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

This is not the first time Carro has had to address Alonso’s future, as he was flooded with questions about the Spaniard earlier in the year.

Following Xabi’s confirmation, though, Carro has appeared much calmer and is willing to speculate about his future.

Timing to be key

Carro’s comments are indeed quite promising for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are not in immediate need of a new manager but would welcome the option of Alonso replacing Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires in 2026, whereas Alonso has stated clearly that he would remain one more season at Leverkusen, though that might extend next year.

Timing, therefore, could be of the essence for Real Madrid if they are to beat other European giants in the race to hire Xabi Alonso as head coach sometime in the future.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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