In the midst of uncertainty surrounding Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid, the Spanish club seems to be exploring alternative options. Currently grappling with injuries and a challenging situation in La Liga, the club has reportedly reached out to Roberto De Zerbi, the highly respected Italian coach of Brighton.
In a tightly contested La Liga race, where they sit in second place, just two points behind Girona, Real Madrid is dealing with a plethora of injuries to key players, including Tchouaméni, Kroos, Modric, Nacho, Güler, Courtois, Kepa, Bellingham, Ceballos, Militão, Camavinga, and Vinicius Jr. In this crisis context, the future of Ancelotti, whose contract runs until June next year, remains uncertain.
Ancelotti has been courted by Brazil for months, with rumors suggesting he may have already committed to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). However, the Italian tactician has remained elusive about his future, stating, “I’m still here. There are a lot of rumors, but I believe everything will be clarified soon. I am very happy at Real Madrid, and I’ll stop talking about it. I’m a bit selfish, of course. Yes, because I think in any job, a bit of selfishness is necessary to do it well. You put me in a difficult position with this question.”
🚨 BREAKING: Real Madrid have opened talks with Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi over their soon-to-be vacant managerial role.
— Brighton Bubble (@BrightonBubble) November 21, 2023
An Improbable Story?
Contrary to recent speculation about Ancelotti’s extension at Real Madrid, reports from Sport suggest that the club is exploring other options. The Catalan newspaper claims that Real Madrid has been in contact with Brighton’s coach, Roberto De Zerbi, who made waves in the Premier League last season, guiding the Seagulls to a commendable sixth-place finish.
Known for his dynamic and offensive playing style, De Zerbi has reportedly caught the attention of Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez. Despite having a contract with Brighton until 2026, the Italian manager would be open to the prospect of taking charge of a European giant. However, the Italian coach has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay at Brighton for the club’s long-term project, currently contending for European qualification.