As Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid contract nears its end, interest in a potential replacement for the Italian strategist is beginning to grow
The 64-year-old manager has been mum about his plans, despite suggestions that he would be willing to accept a new contract if presented with one. However, he is also rumoured to be taking over as coach of the Brazilian national team beginning with the Copa America tournament in the summer of 2019.
Several names have been mentioned in connection with the Real Madrid managing position for 2024 throughout this time. And now, according to a rumour from France Bleu, Zinedine Zidane, a former manager and club legend, may return to Real Madrid to take over for Ancelotti.
The legendary former player has already served as manager of the Merengues twice, enjoying remarkable success each time. Due to certain problems with the club hierarchy, Zidane left his position in 2021, though it is believed that things have since been resolved. The former French international has already declined offers from countries like Saudi Arabia and Brazil, as well as a chance to lead Olympique Marseille.
If there is a change in ownership at the club, Zidane would be open to managing Marseille, but he could also go back to Real Madrid. Despite the possibility of Zidane’s comeback, Xabi Alonso, another former Real Madrid player, is currently the front-runner to succeed Ancelotti, according to the article.
The current Bayer Leverkusen manager has performed admirably for the Bundesliga club over the last eight to ten months and appears to have made a significant impact on the Madrid administration. Alonso is still the favourite to take over as manager of the Santiago Bernabeu should Ancelotti decide to retire. Other intriguing names are also in the running, such Brighton & Hove Albion’s Roberto De Zerbi, though it currently seems unlikely.
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