Real Madrid Reportedly Chooses Xabi Alonso as Next Manager
Spanish Radio Marca reported that Real Madrid have decided on their preferred candidate to replace Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the current coach of the Royal team, starting from the start of next season.
Xabi Alonso Emerges as Preferred Candidate
Radio Marca has reported that Spaniard Xabi Alonso, coach of German club Bayer Leverkusen, has emerged as the preferred candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti on Real Madrid’s bench starting next season.
Real Madrid have chosen Xabi Alonso as their manager from next season, reports Radio Marca ???????? pic.twitter.com/tXNVCRZqVA
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 26, 2023
Ancelotti’s Contract Expires
Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the current season, and the veteran Italian coach’s name is strongly linked with his move to coach Brazil.
Experience Not a Concern
Spanish radio noted that Real Madrid management is not concerned about Alonso’s lack of significant training experience.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an expert in the player transfer market, published through his account on the X platform Ancelotti’s previous statements about Xabi Alonso: “I coached Xavi and he is doing a great job at Bayer Leverkusen.”
He understands the game well, which is why he is a very good coach.
I hope Xabi Alonso, Raul, and Alvaro Arbeloa become Real Madrid coaches one day. “I love them all.”
Ancelotti on Xabi Alonso’s links to Real Madrid: “I coached Xabi and he is doing a great job at Bayer Leverkusen.” ⚪️????????
“He understands the game well, so he is a very good coach.”
“I wish that Xabi Alonso, Raul and Alvaro Arbeloa will become Real Madrid coaches one day. “I love them all.” pic.twitter.com/kPfhdVaBvB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 26, 2023
Xabi Alonso’s History with Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso (41 years old) spent 6 seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu as a player, winning the Spanish League title with the royal team in 2012 and the European Champions League in 2014.
Interest from Tottenham
Radio Marca reported that Alonso attracted interest from Tottenham before the latter signed Ange Postecoglou, but the Spanish coach promised to continue at Leverkusen and signed a 3-year contract extension.