The President of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Ednaldo Rodriguez, said on Tuesday that he is ready to wait until next May to obtain a final answer from his favorite Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, to take over the technical duties of the “Seleção” team, which won the world championship five times.
Rodriguez, on the sidelines of the CBF General Assembly meeting, told reporters that he hoped to be able to announce the name of the new coach by May 25, when the list of players who will play friendly matches will be announced in June, pending identification of the competing teams.
The president of the local federation, who has never hidden that Ancelotti, the current Real Madrid coach, is his first choice, said: Before thinking about plan B, I want to exhaust all possibilities of plan A.
And the former coach of AC Milan, Chelsea of England, and the former German Bayern Munich confirmed on April 1 that the Brazilian Federation wanted him to be the successor to Tite, who left his post after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup Qatar 2022.
Ancelotti said in a press conference: The truth is that the Brazilian national team wants me, and this makes me happy, but I have to respect the current contract (with Real Madrid, which ends in June 2024), and it is a contract that I hope to respect until the end.
It is expected that Ancelotti will make his final decision at the end of his season with Real, who was eliminated from the La Liga race, but qualified for the Champions League semi-finals and the King’s Cup final.
And in the event that the Italian rejects the offer of the Brazilian Federation, the latter is expected to choose between several names, most notably Fernando Djenis, the brilliant coach of Fluminense at the beginning of the season in Brazil, or the Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira, coach of Palmeiras, or his compatriot Jorge Jesus (Turkish Fenerbahce), according to Brazilian media.