In the high-stakes game of managerial musical chairs, Xabi Alonso, the 41-year-old Spanish manager, has his heart set on replacing Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) interest in securing his services.
RMC Sport reports that the former midfield maestro is intent on a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, potentially leaving the Ligue 1 champions in the lurch as they look to part ways with their current boss, Christophe Galtier, at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
Alonso, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, has quickly become one of the most promising young managers in the game.
After cutting his teeth with Real Sociedad’s reserve side, his impressive stint with Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen has caught the eye of both Real Madrid and PSG.
However, the future of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid remains uncertain following a season of mixed fortunes for Los Blancos, with just the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.
This uncertainty has only fueled the fire of Alonso’s interest in the top job at his former club. Meanwhile, PSG’s owners, dissatisfied with yet another UEFA Champions League disappointment, are reportedly considering their options for Galtier’s replacement.
Xabi Alonso Eyes Managerial Return Despite PSG Pursuit
While Alonso’s preference for Real Madrid seems to put PSG on the back foot, this Parisian saga is far from over.
The likes of Jose Mourinho and Thiago Motta are still waiting in the wings as potential candidates to take over the hot seat at Parc des Princes.
On the other hand, Alonso may have to bide his time if Ancelotti decides to stay put at Real Madrid, spurning the advances of the Brazilian national team.
In this enthralling game of managerial chess, Alonso’s move could have a significant domino effect on club football’s biggest stage.
As the summer approaches and decisions are made, fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see where these highly sought-after managers will land for the next thrilling season.