Who is Roberto De Zerbi, the potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid next summer?

Spanish giants and 2022 UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid is looking for a new head coach after Carlo Ancelotti leaves Santiago Bernabéu in 2024. The Italian has been with the club since June 2021. He has helped the club achieve a lot, and the 64-year-old is ready to say his goodbyes next year.

Brighton & Hove Albion‘s manager Roberto De Zerbi, is currently on the radar for Madrid, as his performance in the Premier League has been appreciable.

Real Madrid eyes Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi as potential Ancelotti successor

Born on June 4, 1979, in Brescia, Italy, Roberto De Zerbi is a former football player and current coach of Brighton. He came to the Premier League as a replacement for Graham Potter in September 2022. Brighton’s performance under their new manager has been impressive. They managed to finish sixth on the leaderboard last season, and their position this year is even better. The club has only lost one of its six Premier League games, putting them at number three on the table with 15 points. Just three less from the first place. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also complimented Zerbi on his incredible game sense and techniques.

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Though Robert is a strong contender for the position, he might get outshined by fan favorite and former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard helped the Los Blancos win the UCL in 2014 and is currently working with Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that he wants Alonso to succeed him, calling his footballing knowledge “high level.”

He said: “I had him (Alonso) as a player. He has a high-level knowledge of football, he is doing very well with Bayer Leverkusen. I wish him to be here one day, like Raúl or Arbeloa. They are people I know and I love them very much. I hope one day they can be Real Madrid coaches.”

Carlo Ancelotti to leave Real Madrid in 2024 to take Brazil national team job

Carlo Ancelotti has had a great time at the Santiago Benrabeu. He won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid in 2014 and 2022. He also helped the Los Blancos make history in 2014 by giving them their first ever Club World Cup trophy. The Italian manager has won it all, and now it is time to coach his first national team ever.

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The Brazilian Football Confederation has been eyeing Ancelotti since the 2022 World Cup. The 64-year-old has already worked with some key Brazilian players like Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Eder Militao. He is now set to manage Brazil’s national football team in the 2024 Copa America and the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The Brazilian football confederation’s president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, talked to the press about Ancelotti, saying, “He [Ancelotti] has already said when he can be here”.

Carlo Ancelotti will bid farewell to the club next year. He has done a lot for Madrid, and whoever succeeds him will have a hard time matching his legacy.


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