Real Madrid may have been left too far behind in the La Liga title race by Barcelona. But Carlo Ancelotti and his players managed to cheer their fans by thrashing the Blaugrana 4-0 in El Clasico. The 4-1 win on aggregate in the Copa del Rey semi-final has given the second-placed La Liga side a real chance of domestic success after their underwhelming league campaign as well as the defeat at the hands of Barca in the Spanish Supercopa in January.
And with his comments on his future, the legendary manager gave Los Blancos faithful another reason to celebrate.
"“I’d never join Barcelona in my life, impossible. No way. My history is here at Real Madrid, the best club in the world. People love me here,” Ancelotti said. Source: Fabrizio Romano."
Considering how well Xavi is doing in the league, Barcelona are not understood to be looking for a new manager, and if for some reason they do change their mind in the coming future, the hierarchy are very unlikely to go anywhere near Santiago Bernabéu to find the manager to take over the helm at Camp Nou.
Ancelotti claims he’d “never join Barcelona” after Real Madrid win
In fact, only two managers have ever managed both clubs (Enrique Fernández and Radomir Antić).
While the idea of swapping Barcelona for Madrid is whimsical, to say the least, there’s a strong chance Ancelotti ends up managing Brazil.
Brazil, who parted ways with Tite following the 2022 World Cup, are yet to find his permanent successor. And as per Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, there’s “a big possibility” that Ancelotti fills the vacant role. The 63-year-old’s contract at Real runs out in June 2024.
Interestingly, in the scenario Ancelotti departs earlier than expected, the 14-time Champions League winners might consider appointing a former Barcelona figure as their manager.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who represented Barcelona at youth level, has seen his name being linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks.