Real will go against… the future when choosing a replacement for Ancelotti, the Italian military leader has agreed to lead Brazil after the 2023/24 season. There are 4 strongest candidates, all are former Los Blancos players, including one who has led the club twice and brought the “White House” 3 consecutive Champions League titles, Zidane.
Perhaps, if he agreed to lead Real, only the charm of the French team’s head coach would make Zizou leave the Bernabeu for his third term. If the French leader is not Carletto’s successor next summer, then Xabi Alonso, Raul Gonzalez or Alvaro Arbeloa are likely to be selected.
Not long ago, Zidane expressed his desire to return to the job of a coach. However, the French military leader is very picky about new landings. He once rejected attractive offers from England and his love for Marseille made Zizou disregard his covetousness and desire for services from PSG.
Juventus is also a potential destination for Zidane. But now, Real’s situation after Ancelotti’s departure may make the 51-year-old strategist consider returning to the coaching bench at Los Blancos.
Many of Zizou’s former students, including Vinicius and Rodrygo, fully support his return to lead Real. It was Zidane who urged Los Blancos to sign Aurelien Tchouameni. Rookie Jude Bellingham has always considered Zizou the number 1 idol in his heart and has just inherited his legendary number 5 shirt. And Eduardo Camavinga also once emphasized the great influence Zidane had on him as a young talent.
“Zizou has always been my idol. I followed his famous compass swing through a video teaching Zizou’s skills on YouTube. There is nothing like being taught this skill directly by Zizou!”, Camavinga once shared.
And, Zidane is also imprinted in another relationship, that is with “future Real star” Kylian Mbappe. “As a coach, everyone wants to coach Kylian Mbappe,” Zidane once emphasized in an exclusive interview on L’Equipe not long ago.
In short, despite being away from Real for more than 2 years, Zidane’s mark in the Spanish Royal team is still very strong. There will not be many difficulties if the two sides reunite in the Summer of 2024.
Alonso could also become the next Real Madrid coach. He and Zizou watched Real play in the 2014 Champions League final and won the championship for the 10th time. If Zizou was in the role of Ancelotti’s assistant, Alonso would still be a Real player at that time but was suspended from the club. Final match.
When he took over at Leverkusen on his way back to the German second division last season, Alonso helped the club to a 13-match unbeaten streak, before finishing sixth in the Bundesliga season 2022/23, with a place in the Europa League group stage this season. . When Alonso arrived, BayArena became a regular stadium that sold out 30,000 tickets every weekend.
Alonso’s pragmatic style suits Real well, and what he has done with young players in the Sociedad B team in the past shows that he is a good fit for a young Los Blancos squad at the moment.
In the event that Zidane and Alonso do not come, Real can put their faith in two other candidates, Raul and Arbeloa. Both made their mark last season. If Arbeloa won the national U18 tournament, Raul also almost helped Castilla (Real’s B team) win tickets to Spain’s Second Division.
Although Raul has had an illustrious career at the Bernabeu and has more coaching experience, Arbeloa has the connections to lead Real well in the near future. Both can return to Real in new positions.
Real once emphasized that they wanted to extend the contract with Ancelotti, but after the decision of the Italian military leader to leave, president Florentino Perez decided to turn the club’s history to a new page and get ready for the next chapter.