Real Madrid could find themselves in need of a new manager soon. Carlo Ancelotti has done a good job since returning to the Spanish capital but there have been suggestions that he could leave when his contract runs out next summer to manage the Brazil national team. On the other hand, many fans feel that it is time for a change in the hot seat as well.
Xabi Alonso’s spectacular start to his managerial career has already grabbed a lot of attention. He is speculated to be the favourite to replace Ancelotti at Real Madrid next season.
Bayer Leverkusen are yet to lose a match this season and currently sit second in the Bundesliga table. Bayern Munich are just ahead on goal difference as both the teams are tied on 13 points.
The Spaniard has made quite the impact in his first senior-level managerial job at Bayer Leverkusen and is likely to be in contention to move to a bigger club in the near future. Speculation has already begun to swirl that he could take up the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat in 2024. Many fans are unsure because of the Spaniard’s lack of experience though and want Los Blancos to opt for someone who is more established.
Fabrizio Romano says 41-year-old manager is ready for Real Madrid job
Fabrizio Romano appears to believe that the 41-year-old manager is ready to take on bigger challenges. The journalist ranks him alongside Robert De Zerbi, who is another impressive young manager of the game.
"“There’s been speculation that Xabi Alonso could be in line to take over at Real Madrid next season. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it would be an exciting move because he’s an excellent coach.“I’d put him in the elite of new young managers alongside Roberto De Zerbi and few others. He’s done top work at Bayer Leverkusen – the players are so happy with his ideas and methods… he’d be an excellent choice for any club, and in my view he’s absolutely ready for a big job like Real Madrid.”"
It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid do end up making a move for Alonso. A lot will depend on how this season goes for him at Bayer Leverkusen. It does not take for the perception of a manager to change.