Carlo Ancelotti set to remain as Real Madrid head coach

Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to remain as Real Madrid’s head coach next season, according to a report from L’Equipe.

The Los Blancos boss, a four-time Champions League winner as coach (2003, 2007, 2014 and 2022), is expected to see out the remainder of his contract, which runs until 2024. The 63-year-old replaced Zinédine Zidane in the Real Madrid dugout in 2021. The outlet report that an under-pressure Ancelotti has turned the tide in his favours after a convincing run of results, despite losing the league title to arch-rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid’s shock 4-0 hammering of the Blaugranas in the Copa del Rey semi-final and the cup title win at the hands of Osasuna as well as Los Blancos’ 4-0 aggregate win against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals gave Ancelotti a lot of credit. The Italian manager often mentions that, in the space of two seasons, Real Madrid had won every possible title. L’Équipe also report that Real Madrid’s hierarchy are satisfied with the way Ancelotti has rejuvenated the squad. Besides, the Spanish club is reportedly aware that there’s no suitable replacement in the market for Ancelotti right now.

L’Équipe believe that only a heavy defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg, or during the eventual final (should Madrid were to beat the Cityzens), would weaken Ancelotti’s position. The 63-year-old has already stated he would like to remain at Real Madrid, despite being courted by the Brazilian FA to take over the national team.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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