Real Madrid – La Liga Linked with Europe’s top jobs
Marcelo Gallardo is reportedly keen on taking over as Real Madrid boss one day. The Argentine has enjoyed great success with River Plate.
The former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has been linked with Europe’s biggest jobs after guiding River to two Copa Libertadores titles since taking over in 2014. Gallardo‘s name has cropped up in conversations about the next coach at both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“If Real Madrid called him, it would be another thing,” journalist Daniel Arcucci told ESPN. “I’m sure about that.
“He likes Real Madrid more than Barcelona. His style suits that of Real Madrid. It’s got nothing to do with [Lionel] Messi, it’s because he admires everything about Real Madrid.”
The links with Barcelona go back to the Copa Libertadores final in 2019, when Ernesto Valverde was in charge at the Camp Nou.
“He was playing the Libertadores final against Flamengo and he spoke to [Barcelona sporting director Eric] Abidal on the phone,” said ESPN pundit Mariano Juan.
“And Gallardo told him that if he started pre-season with River, he wouldn’t leave for Barcelona.
“Then Valverde wins a few games with Barcelona and he delayed it because the club wasn’t going to sack him.
“In December , Barcelona thought about Gallardo. The club hadn’t sacked Valverde yet. The chosen one [to replace Valverde] was him.
“Abidal was his teammate in France and that’s why he called him. I’m his friend and I often keep quiet – I’m telling it now because it’s come out.
“Gallardo warned [Abidal] that he wasn’t going to Barcelona because he’d started pre-season [with River].”
After River’s 3-0 win over Rosario Central at the weekend, Gallardo came out to clarify his future.
“My commitment [to River] has been total since I arrived,” Gallardo insisted to TNT Sports.
“The feeling of belonging is very strong. I’ve spent more time at this club than any other.
“Seeing the growth and the evolution makes you feel more and more at ease.
“I’m working and I feel happy. The day that I see I’m not getting through to them, that I’m not convincing them, that I’m not putting in place a way [of playing] that we identify with, we’ll see…”