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Xabi Alonso to Replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid Next Season

Xabi Alonso, the Liverpool legend, is rumored to step into the prestigious role of Real Madrid’s head coach next season. This unexpected move comes after Alonso’s impressive debut year as Bayer Leverkusen’s manager.

Liverpool Legend Xabi Alonso Poised to Replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid

Xabi Alonso Image via Twitter
Xabi Alonso Image via Twitter

From Liverpool Legend to Managerial Maestro

Xabi Alonso’s journey to the coaching pinnacle has been swift but remarkable. With less than a year of experience as a first-team manager, he assumed the helm at Bayer Leverkusen in October, following three years as the manager of Real Sociedad’s B team. Despite his relatively short managerial career, Real Madrid’s top brass seems unfazed by his lack of experience, making the 41-year-old their top choice to succeed Ancelotti.

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A Return to Familiar Ground

Alonso’s association with Real Madrid runs deep. As a player, he spent six illustrious seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, clinching LaLiga in 2012 and the Champions League two years later during Ancelotti’s first tenure as the club’s head coach. After retiring as a player following a stint with Bayern Munich, Alonso transitioned into management, starting with Real Madrid’s youth team before taking the reins of Real Sociedad’s B side.

Xabi Alonso for Real Madrid Image via Managing Madrid Xabi Alonso to Replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid Next Season
Xabi Alonso for Real Madrid, Image via Managing Madrid

Read More: Xabi Alonso has Assembled a Bayer Leverkusen Squad Capable of Competing with Bayern

A Successful Stint with Bayer Leverkusen

In his first year at Bayer Leverkusen, Alonso faced a daunting challenge as the team languished near the bottom of the Bundesliga table. However, he orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, guiding Leverkusen to a commendable sixth-place finish in the Bundesliga and a spot in the Europa League semi-finals. This season, Leverkusen has continued to impress, closely trailing Bayern Munich in the league standings.

A Commitment to Leverkusen

Despite interest from other clubs, including Tottenham, Alonso’s dedication to Leverkusen was evident when he signed a three-year contract extension in August, securing his tenure until the end of the 2025-26 season.

Ancelotti’s Impending Departure

Carlo Ancelotti, the current Real Madrid manager, is expected to step down at the end of the season. In July, it was announced that he would lead the Brazilian national team at the 2024 Copa America. Fernando Diniz has been appointed as the interim manager for Real Madrid while also coaching Fluminense.

Ancelotti’s Praise for Alonso

Ancelotti himself has showered praise on Xabi Alonso’s coaching capabilities. The Italian coach, who had Alonso as a player during his tenure at Real Madrid, expressed his support for Alonso’s potential appointment as the Real Madrid manager. Ancelotti said, “Xabi Alonso? I had him as a player. He’s doing very well, and I wish him to be the Real Madrid manager one day. I love him, just like Raul and Arbeloa.

Alonso’s Affection for Ancelotti

Alonso, last season acknowledged Ancelotti’s influence on his career. He admitted that speaking about the rumors and possibilities of taking the Madrid job was difficult due to his deep connection with Ancelotti. Alonso expressed, “It is very difficult to speak about rumors and possibilities. I have a very great personal affection for Carlo for everything I experienced with him, for his personality because all the players who have played under him have kept a great memory.

Carlo Ancelotti Image via Twitter Xabi Alonso to Replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid Next Season
Carlo Ancelotti, Image via Twitter

A Hopeful Message from Alonso

While acknowledging Ancelotti’s monumental task of leading Real Madrid, Alonso remained hopeful about the club’s prospects. He wished for the team to secure another Champions League victory under Ancelotti’s leadership, though Madrid made a semifinal exit. He said, “He is a very special coach in a very special club with a very big challenge, which is to be able to repeat the Champions League. Hopefully, they can achieve it. I would be very happy for him, but that’s as much as I can say.

Xabi Alonso has assembled a Bayer Leverkusen squad capable of competing with Bayern, Image via Wikipedia
Xabi Alonso, Image via Wikipedia

As the football world eagerly anticipates Xabi Alonso’s potential return to Real Madrid, only time will tell if this legendary player can make a seamless transition into the realm of coaching and lead one of the world’s most iconic football clubs back to glory.

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