Casemiro the latest Brazil star to endorse Carlo Ancelotti for Selecao job


Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with the vacant Brazil job, and although Casemiro approves, he also wants Real Madrid to be respected.

Casemiro is the latest Brazil player to endorse his former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti for the Selecao’s vacant head coach position.

Brazil have yet to appoint a successor to Tite, whose six-year spell in charge ended after the five-time world champions were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup by Croatia.

Ramon Menezes, who led the Brazil Under-20s at the South American Under-20 Championship in February, has taken temporary charge of Saturday’s friendly against Morocco.

However, the coach who has been most linked with the full-time role is Ancelotti.

Several Brazil players have openly endorsed his potential candidacy and Casemiro has joined the chorus, although the former Madrid man has reminded his team-mates to respect Ancelotti’s employer.

“First of all, what we players would like to have is a capable coach with great players,” Casemiro told reporters on Friday.

“We have 30, 40, 50 players of an exceptional level. You could make three, four teams that could compete with any other team in the world.

“As for Ancelotti, he is a coach I already know, I know very well. He is my friend, he is someone I admired in football and it was a pleasure to work with him.

“But there is another side to it; Ancelotti has a club which is Real Madrid. We have to respect the club and Ancelotti.”

And he added: “Ancelotti has already won everything in his career. He is a coach with a lot of experience and Ancelotti is a great coach without a doubt.”

Casemiro was also careful not to put Ramon out of the running completely.

Ramon, a former Brazil international who has enjoyed a 26-year professional career and spent much of the past decade in various coaching roles, is not considered a full-time front-runner.

But Casemiro pointed out that the 50-year-old now has an opportunity to stake his claim and insisted the players are treating him as if he is there for the long term.

“We also have a coach here who is Ramon,” continued Casemiro. “He’s not the permanent one but he’s here to play this game and we know there are opportunities in life.

“He’s not permanent today, but if he’s doing a great job [and] if they don’t accept the names the [Brazilian Football Confederation] president wants, Ramon is there.

“From the moment I came here, I respect that and I treat him like he’s a World Cup coach. Not only me, but all the players respect him because he’s the coach now and you have to have respect.” for the coach.”

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