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Carlo Ancelotti lauds potential successor at Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti has touted Xabi Alonso as a future Real Madrid manager and says fans can expect an update on his contract situation soon.

The Italian’s current deal is due to expire in 2024 and there is significant interest in his services from the Brazilian national team, and talks with the South American nation’s football federation have been held.

90min understands that Madrid are prepared to accelerate contract talks with Ancelotti in 2024 with a view to tying the legendary boss down to an extension – something he has now suggested may be his priority.

Alonso, meanwhile, has led Bayer Leverkusen to ten wins in 11 Bundesliga outings, providing a genuine and real threat to Bayern Munich’s hopes of a 12th consecutive league title.

“I think I’ve had a great time with him. He is having a fantastic career,” Ancelotti said of Alonso in a press conference to the media. “He has the knowledge of football, he has the personality. I really like the way his team plays as a coach.

“He’s one of the coaches I like the most, yes. I like Thiago Motta as well. Obviously Xabi can have the profile to be coach of Madrid, obviously because he knows the club very well.”

Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti expects an update soon / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Ancelotti also spoke about being linked to the Brazil vacancy and confirmed that Madrid supporters and the world will soon know what’s going to happen.

“I’m proud that one of the best international teams in the world like Brazil is linked to me, that gives me a lot of pride,” he said. “But I have a contract until June 30.

“My future will soon be known. I am here for at least six more months.”

Asked whether he would wait until the final day of his current deal with Madrid for an extension to be offered, Ancelotti insisted: “Of course”.

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