Real Madrid is apparently looking to hire Xabi Alonso, the head coach of Bayer Leverkusen, as their new manager in 2024.
Carlo Ancelotti has been retained as manager at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite failing to win either La Liga or the Champions League in 2023-24.
The Spanish giants had a terrific start to the new season, with five consecutive victories in the top flight prior to Sunday’s setback at Atletico Madrid.
Regardless of how Los Blancos perform this season, it is expected that Ancelotti will leave for greener pastures at the end of his contract.
For some time, Ancelotti has been extensively connected with the Brazil position, despite the fact that the 64-year-old has never coached a national team in his successful career.
With an entire season to evaluate his choices, Real president Florentino Perez has been allowed to consider an eventual replacement.
However, according to Radio Marca, a decision has already been made to try to acquire Alonso’s services for 2024-25 and beyond.
In less than a year, the 41-year-old has transformed Leverkusen into a title contender in the Bundesliga, with 16 points from their first six games this season.
The Spaniard also orchestrated a run to the Europa League semi-finals in 2022-23, and the German club is expected to compete for the same trophy this time around.
Alonso has led Real Madrid to 23 victories, 11 draws, and 10 defeats in 44 matches, which appears to have convinced Perez and other Real executives that their former player is the appropriate man to succeed Ancelotti.
Despite having a long contract at Leverkusen, Alonso may feel that the possibility of returning to Real is too good to pass up, even at this stage of his management career.
Alonso spent six years at Real Madrid, making 236 appearances and won the La Liga and Champions League, while also learning his profession in Spain.
He spent three years with Real Sociedad’s ‘B’ team, winning 40 games out of 98, before being given his shot at a higher level by Leverkusen.