The legend returns…Real tapped to succeed Ancelotti, ‘consider’ 2024 appointment

Real Madrid are considering Xabi Alonso as a possible successor to Carlo Ancelotti.

토토사이트 The 2022-23 season was a bit of a disappointment for Real. A second-place finish in the league and a fourth-place finish in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) weren’t bad on paper, but they weren’t good enough for a team that wants to “win it all” in every competition. Lifting the Copa del Rey trophy saved them from irrelevance, but it was little consolation.

This led to speculation of Ancelotti’s departure. With his contract set to expire in a year’s time, it was said that Real were considering appointing their next manager, with Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino among the candidates.

However, Real have decided to keep Ancelotti for another year. “I’m not going to leave unless the club asks me to,” Ancelotti said, and president Florentino Perez echoed the sentiment, saying he was “very happy with the coach” and happy with the situation.

His chances of staying have increased, but it’s only one year. In 2024, when Ancelotti’s contract expires, Real will look to bring in his successor.

There is a candidate. Alonso, a former Real “legend” who is now in charge of Bayer Leverkusen. The 41-year-old Alonso has been coaching since retiring from the game. He began his career as a Real youth coach in 2018 and then took charge of the Real Sociedad B team from 2019 to 2022.

He then made his debut as a professional coach. He received a call from Leverkusen during the 2022-23 season and officially took over.

He quickly made his mark. Leverkusen, who were in the bottom half of the table before Alonso’s arrival, went on a winning streak. Utilizing multiple formations and adapting to the opposition, Alonso produced positive results and used his reputation as a player to gain control of the squad. As the season progressed, Leverkusen gradually climbed up the standings, eventually finishing in sixth place. According to soccer stats site TransferMarkt, Alonso won 17, drew 10, and lost 10 of his 37 games in charge of Leverkusen.

안전놀이터순위 Real were impressed with Alonso’s performance. According to German outlet Bild, Alonso spoke with Leverkusen sporting director Simone Rolfes and decided to stay in charge of the club for the 2023-24 season. However, the deal is only valid for one year, leaving him with the option to move on in 2024. Real have emerged as a candidate. The source added: “Real is Alonso’s next target. President Pérez also sees him as the next coach. In 2024, when Ancelotti leaves, the club could target Alonso’s appointment.”

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