Real Madrid are determined to fire Carlo Ancelotti next week. At least, that's what most reports from Spain are suggesting. COPE and La Sexta have reported that the Italian will be leaving the club in a few days, and Rafa Benítez is set to be his replacement in Real Madrid, according to Italian media Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Italia. These two should have some important sources within Napoli and maybe even Benítez, so their reports should probably be trusted. Still, take them with a grain of salt, as everything that happens during the off-season.
Jürgen Klopp was ahead of the Spanish coach in the club's shortlist, but Benítez's good relationship with Real's CEO José Ángel Sánchez could play a big part in this final decision. If the reports from Italy weren't enough, José Luis Sánchez -- La Sexta -- said that Benítez is indeed the chosen one. The former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager would sign as a free agent because his contract with Napoli expires this summer.
If this finally happens, it will be interesting to see how Benítez works with this current roster, as he is known for being a defensive-minded coach who doesn't like to concede goals. Will he be willing to play with Kroos as a holding midfielder? What will he think about Marcelo? There are many questions that need to be answered before Real pull the trigger...
E @rafabenitezweb è sempre più vicino alla panchina del @realmadrid: continuano i contatti, conferme alla notizia di ieri su @SkySport— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) May 20, 2015
"Ancelotti to Milan, Benítez to Real Madrid" in tomorrow's front page of Gazzetta. pic.twitter.com/RRiutYXGzH— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) May 20, 2015