Carlo Ancelotti’s loyalty to Real Madrid shines bright amidst Brazil temptation

In the complex dance between national pride and club allegiance, Carlo Ancelotti has emphatically signalled his commitment to Real Madrid over the Brazilian national team.

Despite recent claims by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) of a purported agreement with Ancelotti to lead the Selecao from June, reliable sources, including Tomas Roncero of AS, assert that such an arrangement is non-existent.

Ancelotti, known for his diplomatic candour, expressed gratitude for Brazil’s offer while making it unequivocally clear that Madrid hold precedence. “Madrid is my priority, and if the club offers me a renewal, I’ll stay here next season,” affirmed the Italian tactician, underlining his unwavering dedication to the Santiago Bernabeu. His commitment extends beyond financial terms, as Ancelotti emphasized that feeling supported by the club hierarchy, locker room, and passionate fans take precedence.

The urgency for Brazil to secure Ancelotti’s services has intensified in light of the struggles faced by Fernando Diniz, the interim coach, and Fluminense manager. However, Ancelotti’s family discussions have revealed his contentment at Madrid, with a commitment to stay should a contract renewal materialize, even on existing terms.

Despite grappling with significant player absences this season, including key defensive positions, Ancelotti’s Madrid have demonstrated resilience. Their flawless run in the Champions League group stage, a feat not seen since 2015 under Ancelotti’s previous tenure, attest to the team’s mettle. Near the league’s summit before the Christmas break, Madrid’s defensive prowess, despite setbacks, remains unparalleled in decades.

Club officials are understandably thrilled with Ancelotti’s performance, planning contract discussions after the Supercopa de Espana in January. As they gear up to face Atletico Madrid in the semifinals on January 10, a potential clash against Xavi’s Barcelona awaits in the final.

The club aim to avoid a protracted managerial saga, eyeing Ancelotti’s potential renewal until June 30, 2025, signal that “fumata blanca” could occur in January, symbolizing Ancelotti’s enduring connection with the Bernabeu over the allure of Brazil.