Nagelsmann ‘a candidate for Real Madrid job’ with Ancelotti to go

Antonio Conte on Carlo Ancelotti

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Julian Nagelsmann is a candidate to potentially succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, according to reports. It emerged on Thursday that the German would be sacked by Bayern Munich, despite the Bundesliga giants remaining on course for a treble. Thomas Tuchel is poised to take over at the Allianz Arena.

Nagelsmann was only hired as Bayern Munich manager in the summer of 2021, having previously impressed during spells at RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim.

However, despite winning the Bundesliga title and two German Super Cups, the 35-year-old has now been relieved of his duties.

Now, according to Sport, Nagelsmann may end up taking over at Real Madrid this summer in the wake of the astonishing development.

It’s claimed a section of Real Madrid players think Ancelotti is poised to leave for the Brazil national team, with these individuals including Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Eder Militao.

And the trio would all be happy to see Ancelotti become their manager at international level, despite his popularity at the Bernabeu.

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The report says the train ‘could pass a second time’ for Nagelsmann, who previously admitted to turning Los Blancos down two years ago.

Speaking earlier in his career, he opened up on a phone call with Real by saying: “It’s not that I didn’t think about the offer.

“Who would hang the phone on Real Madrid? There is nothing bigger than Real Madrid.

“I am only 30 years old. If my coaching career evolves reasonably well, I may have another opportunity to take charge of a team in that league.

“In terms of my family, it was not the right time to move abroad.”

And, in 2020, he said: “I said no to Real but it’s important to say I didn’t have a contract (offer).

“They wanted a meeting. I would have had two weeks to prepare, to learn Spanish.

“I have a lot of time. I don’t have just five years to earn all the money. I have 10 or 20 years to earn that.

“If you’re a manager at 50 then you don’t say no to Real. Now I can decide what is right. Here, I have a chance to make mistakes and learn from them; to become a better manager.

“You don’t have that at the biggest clubs. If you don’t win, they won’t talk about why. They’ll fire you.”

As for Ancelotti, his long-term future at Real is up in the air after a difficult season so far.

They’re 12 points behind Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title, while they may also be dumped out of the Copa del Rey by the same opponents.

And failure to win the Champions League could see Ancelotti axed for a second time.

Tuchel is poised to take over at Bayern, with the German aiming to win a treble at the first time of asking.

And Joao Cancelo has joked he hopes the manager succeeds when it comes to winning the Champions League, having been part of the Manchester City side that lost to Tuchel’s Chelsea nearly two years ago.

“I’ve only found out now,” said Cancelo, who is spending the second half of the campaign on loan in Germany.

“I know I won’t find Nagelsmann when I return to Munich. He wanted me at Bayern, I’d like to thank him.

“As for Tuchel, he made me lose a Champions League final, so I hope he will win it for me this year!”

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