Ednaldo Rodrigues, the head of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), stated that he would utilize the international friendlies that the Brazilian national team plays in Europe as an opportunity to speak with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Brazilian national team is still committed to hiring Ancelotti.
Rodrigues stated that he would also approach the president of the Spanish club, Florentino Perez, and identified Ancelotti as their first candidate to replace Tite, who quit the Brazil squad following their loss from the quarterfinals at the World Cup in Qatar in November. Tite’s departure came shortly after the team’s performance at the tournament.
Rodrigues made these remarks on Tuesday at a press event that took place at the offices of the CBF in Rio de Janeiro. “He remains the Plan A and in this trip with the selection in Europe we can have greater clarity,” Rodrigues added.
The match against Guinea will take place in Spain on June 17, while the match against Senegal will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on June 20.
The trip will play a very important role in our decision (about who will be our future coach). My intention is to have a conversation with Ancelotti as well as the president of Real Madrid. After that, it will be feasible to determine whether or not it will go through or not,” Rodrigues explained further.
The Italian coach is under contract with Madrid until 2024, and the deal stipulates that there would be a termination fee. Rodrigues believes that this should not be a barrier to any potential business transaction with Brazil.
“There is no doubt that the fee is not the issue. “The issue is the contract, and no one is willing to break it,” he explained. We have a vested interest in this concept, and as such, we are committed to doing all in our power to ensure its success and make it a reality.
Ancelotti shot off Brazil’s interest in him by stating that he will finish out the final year of his contract with Real Madrid. This took place a month ago.
The Brazilian national team has been without a coach ever since they were eliminated from the World Cup, and they suffered their first loss of the year to Morocco in March, a 2-1 defeat. U-20 coach Ramon Menezes has been leading the squad in the meantime, and he will be returning for the friendly matches that will take place on European soil this month.