Brazil still hopeful of snapping up Ancelloti from Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti || Credit: Imago

FOOTBALL Brazil still hopeful of snapping up Ancelloti from Real Madrid

Mark Kinyanjui 13:53 - 29.05.2023

The Samba Boys have been without a coach since Tite stepped down last December following their World Cup quarter final exit.

Brazil are still hoping to convince Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to be their next head coach.

The five-time world champions have been without a manager since Tite left following the quarter-final World Cup exit in Qatar last December.

Ancelotti has been Selecao's number-one target for the post despite suggestions from the Italian that he is happy at Real Madrid.

“Everyone knows really well what my situation is. I have a contract until the end of the 2024 season and I want to stay,” he said earlier this month.

CBF president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, had set May as the deadline for deciding on the next coach but is set to extend that in the hope of persuading Ancelotti.

Roma’s Jose Mourinho, Fenerbahce’s Jorge Jesus, Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz and Palmeiras’ Abel Ferreira are also admired by the Brazilian FA but Ancelotti remains the priority.

Brazil face Guinea and then Cameroon in June with Ramon Menezes - who is also leading Brazil’s Under-20 side at the World Cup in Argentina - set to be in charge of both, just as he was for the defeat by Morocco in March.

The CBF are keen to wait for Ancelotti ahead of those games with qualification for the expanded 2026 World Cup also seen as relatively straightforward with five places now on offer plus a sixth via a play-off.

Ancelotti was in charge as Real Madrid beat Sevilla in La Liga. They close out their season against Athletic Bilbao next weekend.