Italian’s Bernabeu future in doubt.Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could be heading for a surprise exit from the club after a growing rift between himself and the president Fiorentino Perez over the transfer policy at the Bernabeu.
CaughtOffside understands that the Italian tactician, who led Real to glory in the Champions League last season, is unhappy with the club’s decision to offload Argentine winger Angel Di Maria and pursue Colombian star James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
Di Maria, who has been linked with both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, was one of Madrid’s stand-out performers last season as he contributed a superb 11 goals and 26 assists to his side’s double-winning campaign, and it is well known that he is a favourite of Ancelotti, who fought hard to keep him at the club last summer.
The former Chelsea boss also expressed some regret that Mesut Ozil was allowed to join Arsenal last season after the German playmaker had become one of the most important players at the club, and it could now be that crisis talks will be held between the head coach and senior officials at the club.
There has also been some disagreement over the future of key midfielder Sami Khedira, who has been considering offers from clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea due to a lack of progress on being offered a new deal by Madrid, while the club have instead moved to sign another player in his position by bringing in Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.
Ancelotti has been in a similar position before in his career during his time at Stamford Bridge, with domineering owner Roman Abramovich signing expensive flop Fernando Torres for £50m and putting pressure on his manager to stick with him in the starting lineup despite his poor displays.
The three-time Champions League winner did not last long at Chelsea, and he could now be on his way out of Real as they could be tempted to make a move for Germany’s World Cup-winning manager Joachim Low.
The 54-year-old has done fine work with his national side, and has been linked with the job at the Bernabeu before. Having led Germany to glory in Brazil this summer, it is thought that he could consider stepping down from the post and taking on a new role in club football.
Antonio Conte could also be in the frame after quitting as Juventus manager this week, having led the Turin club to three Serie A titles in three seasons.