Zidane sets four big conditions for Real Madrid return next summer
Zinedine Zidane has remained one of the leading possibilities to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as manager of Real Madrid. However, El Nacional reports that the great player and manager has placed four major criteria for his return to the club.
The most notable is the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. According to reports, Zidane acknowledges the critical need for a prolific goalscorer to fill the vacuum left by Karim Benzema. He is convinced that Mbappe is the ideal choice for this position.
The manager is reportedly aware of the significant financial investment required to acquire Mbappe’s services. However, he believes that this investment will be beneficial to Madrid.
Second, Zidane sees the need to strengthen the left-back position. While he admires Ferland Mendy, he desires a superstar on the left wing, and Alphonso Davies has emerged as the ideal contender to fill that role.
Davies’ current contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2025, giving Real Madrid the option to negotiate a decent transfer fee.
Zidane insists on the retention of two of his most esteemed students, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, for his third and fourth requirements. Both players rose to legendary status within the club under his instruction, winning every honor attainable in club football.
While their future at the club has been widely debated, Zidane is said to have asked Florentino Perez to ensure his position as a precondition for his return.
Carlo Ancelotti’s contract at Real Madrid may be extended: Reports
According to 90Min, Madrid appears eager to extend Ancelotti’s current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. This news comes on the heels of reports that Ancelotti has agreed to take over as manager of the Brazil national team when the current season ends.
Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid is coming to an end, with less than a year left on his current deal. Despite the near-completion of this agreement with Brazil, Real Madrid’s decision-makers have not ruled out the prospect of keeping Ancelotti.
The club is thought to have looked into potential alternatives in the event that Ancelotti leaves. Nonetheless, according to 90Min, Madrid’s players have voiced a strong preference for the Italian mastermind.
These internal conversations have already laid the groundwork for contract renewal negotiations, which are expected to heat up as 2024 approaches.