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28-year-old Manchester City star on the radars of Real Madrid – report

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Real Madrid have suffered in the full-back department all season. While the team’s deficiencies have primarily been at the left-back position, the right-back department also has no successor to Dani Carvajal.

According to reports from Kerry Hau of Sport1, Real Madrid are monitoring Joao Cancelo’s situation very closely and could make a move for him in June.

The Portuguese international made himself a household name under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. His stocks shot through the roof during his four-year spell at Etihad as the Spanish tactician brought out his very best in a plethora of positions.

Cancelo then joined Bayern Munich on a loan deal in January after a falling out at Manchester City. His spell in Germany, got off to a rough start with the player not getting as many minutes as he would have liked under his belt. But things are improving since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager.

In 13 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, Cancelo has scored one goal and provided four assists for the Bavarians. He averages one key pass per game and has created four big chances.

Manchester City want a fee of €70 million from Bayern Munich to make Cancelo’s move permanent in June. The Germans see the number to be steep and are not keen on exercising the clause. In such a situation, Real Madrid could swoop in, especially if a lower fee can be agreed upon.

The Portuguese international not brings not only quality but also some much-needed versatility to the table. He can operate both as a left-back and a right-back.

With the future of Nacho Fernandez unclear, Real Madrid could really do with a dynamic player who can cover multiple roles in the defensive line.

Cancelo would fit that bill and a move is possible if an economic midpoint can be reached. After all, they rejected his signing for the steep fee not so long ago.

Apart from Cancelo, Real Madrid are also looking at his Manchester City teammate Kyle Walker and PSG ace Achraf Hakimi as options to reinforce the right-back slot.

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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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