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Real Madrid may have to look again as PSG keep Ancelotti

Posted on May 22, 2013 by admin

The new French champions are not making it easy for Real Madrid in their pursuit of a new manager, to the extent that officials at the Bernabeu are having to think about who else they could get to replace the departing Jose Mourinho. PSG have already hit back at Real about a possible pre-contract agreement and have denied a request by Ancelotti to be allowed to leave.

The French club is playing hard and will demand hefty compensation plus a promise not to sign any of the club’s players and it might just prove to be too much trouble. There are two fairly obvious possible alternatives to the Italian and they have both leaving clubs after successful seasons, unlike Mourinho.

Jupp Heynckes is being replaced at Bayern Munich by Pep Guardiola, which now seems a little odd. The 68-year old could lead his team to their first continental treble and has smashed the Bundesliga records for points and wins, so he could feel a bit hard done to. He may only have another few years left to manage, but Madrid do not tend to keep their managers very long anyway.

Rafa Benitez has worked miracles at Chelsea, especially as the fans never took to him and have wanted him out from day one. The club have had to cope with an horrendous fixture pile up, but Benitez managed to steer them to Europa League glory and beat Arsenal into third spot in the Premier League, which did not look likely when he replaced Roberto Di Matteo halfway through the season.

He has managed in La Liga before and is one of the few managers to have guided a club other than the big two of Real an Barcelona to the title. He guided Valencia to the top in 2002 and 2004 and also has previous connections with Real. If Real do get Ancelotti, Benitez will probably end up at PSG. Maybe we should cut out the palaver and just give Benitez the job.

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