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18-year-old Real Madrid prodigy has ‘surprised’ the senior members of the squad



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Nico Paz is one of the most talented young gems coming through the youth ranks at Real Madrid. Just 18 years of age, the Argentine prodigy arrived at the club in 2016 and is held in high regard.

Yet to make a first-team debut for Real Madrid, that could change for Nico Paz as he has been called up for the Copa del Rey encounter against Cacereno by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

And, according to MARCA journalist Mario Cortegana, the 18-year-old has managed to surprise and make an impression on the senior members of the Real Madrid squad.

Nico Paz has played seven times for Raul’s Real Madrid Castilla outfit this season, while he has also turned out five times in the UEFA Youth League with Alvaro Arbeloa’s Under-19 outfit. The young attacking midfielder has netted five goals in his five European appearances.

Having been called up to train with the first team on occasions, the Argentine prodigy has seemingly managed to impress the senior members of the squad already.

It has previously been suggested that several higher-ups within the club have great hopes for Nico and believe that he is already prepared to make the step up to the senior team. And Cortegana has reaffirmed the same, stating that he is well-valued by the club officials.

Young Nico signed a new contract with Real Madrid recently, committing his future to the Spanish capital giants. And the 18-year-old could soon celebrate it by making his senior debut tomorrow when Los Blancos take on Cacereno in the Copa del Rey Round of 32 encounter.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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