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‘Zero doubts’ – Bayer Leverkusen CEO absolutely certain Xabi Alonso will manage Real Madrid

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Bayer Leverkusen won the Bundesliga earlier this past weekend, putting an end to Bayern Munich’s streak of eleven consecutive titles in Germany.

The Leverkusen-based side have been on a phenomenal run all season and are still alive in all competitions that they participate in. All in all, they are unbeaten in their last 43 games across all competitions.

The chief architect of the team’s sensational run is none other than manager Xabi Alonso who defined an era at Real Madrid as a player and is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in history.

Leverkusen CEO links Alonso to Madrid

Speaking to El Larguero (h/t Fabrizio Romano) after his team’s historic Bundesliga title, Bayern Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro, came out to hint at a possible future for their manager in Spain.

“I have no doubts. One day, Xabi Alonso will be Real Madrid’s manager. No doubts at all, zero doubts!”

Carro then went on to stress his conviction over the same, revealing that it was just a matter of time before the special coach took over at his former club.

“The only doubt is when he will sign for Real Madrid. But it will happen, trust me. I am sure.”

Future Real Madrid manager? (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Needless to say, this comes as a massive update from the previous relay of his comment which was more speculative and less confirmative.

Ancelotti’s successor

Alonso’s engineering of Bayer Leverkusen’s historic season has linked him to various clubs over the past few months, primarily including his two former clubs – Real Madrid and Liverpool.

With Jurgen Klopp set to leave the Premier League side this season, Alonso had been a top target at Anfield, but the Spanish tactician decided to stay at Leverkusen for another year.

Real Madrid did consider the 42-year-old tactician seriously when Carlo Ancelotti’s future was uncertain a few months back. The Italian tactician’s renewal, however, means that a change is not on the cards this year.

Reports, however, suggest that Los Blancos may have plans to replace Ancelotti with Alonso possibly even in 2025, or in 2026 when the Italian’s contract expires.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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