Who will be the Real Madrid manager come next season? That is one of the major questions surrounding the club right now and all options seem to be open. There has been a lot of talk about Carlo Ancelotti leaving to manage the Brazil national team. On the other hand, some rumours have suggested that Los Blancos are ready to hand the Italian coach an extension.
Let's see what happens. Ancelotti has done a fantastic job as Real Madrid manager for sure, especially when you consider the cards that he has been dealt, a somewhat inexperienced squad with little depth and constant injury problems.
If he was to leave, Real Madrid would need to find a good replacement. Xabi Alonso has emerged as one of the top contenders for the job, as he continues to exceed expectations at Bayer Leverkusen.
Real Madrid are not the only ones to be linked with Alonso. Another one of his former clubs, Liverpool, are believed to be potential contenders as well.
Alonso sends clear message amid Real Madrid and Liverpool rumours
When it comes to Alonso, it looks like he is keen to not rush into things and wants to take decisions on his own time. As reported by The Guardian, the Spaniard said:
"It depends on if you want to be pushed to take other people’s decisions or if you want to make your own decisions. And so far I’ve been clear. I will take my own decisions when I feel it is the right moment for whatever. So that’s going to happen for sure."
Bayer Leverkusen were relegation contenders when Alonso arrived as their manager in the middle of last season. A little over a year later, they are genuine contenders for the Bundesliga title and playing some of the best football in all of Europe.
It is easy to see why that has seen Alonso being linked with clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool. Whether he ends up at either of those teams or remaining at Bayer Leverkusen, remains to be seen.
It is important for a modern day manager to have a great sense of timing when it comes to making these decisions. It is a fast-changing world. Today, Alonso is considered one of the best managers in the game. If his Bayer Leverkusen side go on a bad run of form over the next couple of months, the Spaniard might no longer be in contention for the Real Madrid or Liverpool job.