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Xabi Alonso dreams of coaching Real Madrid, could stay at Leverkusen for now

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Real Madrid are gearing up for an important summer ahead. Kylian Mbappe looks destined to join the club on a free transfer, along with Brazilian whizkid Endrick.

On the managerial front, however, Real Madrid are likely to retain the services of Carlo Ancelotti, whose contract was extended until 2026 in late December.

It appears the club are content with Ancelotti’s services. The Italian, after all, has played a key role in building a formidable first team while nurturing young talents such as Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo, among others.

Xabi Alonso considering Bayer Leverkusen stay

Everything suggests Ancelotti will continue at Santiago Bernabeu beyond 2024, which means the managerial position at Real Madrid will remain filled in the coming summer.

This comes at a time when Xabi Alonso could be an option in the market. The Spaniard has enjoyed immense success at Bayer Leverkusen and is on his way to guiding Die Werkself to a Bundesliga title.

Xabi Alonso is ready to wait for the Real Madrid opportunity (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Getty Images)

However, in a major update, journalist Christopher Michel has claimed that Xabi Alonso is considering staying at Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

It appears the Spaniard will not consider joining any other club this summer and continue with B04 next season.

Waiting for the Real Madrid opportunity?

Alonso’s decision to remain at Leverkusen can be considered a major hint at his desire to coach Real Madrid – his dream job.

With Ancelotti likely to stay at the Bernabeu this summer, joining Los Blancos for the season ahead is certainly ruled out.

But instead of finding other opportunities, Alonso is ready to wait for the Real Madrid opportunity.

Although Ancelotti’s contract at the Bernabeu does not expire until 2026, one would expect the Italian to come under fire sooner than later, especially if Real Madrid fail to win any silverware, perhaps even in the ongoing campaign.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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