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Ancelotti interested in signing Serie A midfielder for Real Madrid, claims Italian journalist

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is interested in signing Napoli midfield mainstay Stanislav Lobotka according to Italian journalist Valter de Maggio, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo.

Lobotka has been with Napoli since 2020, when he joined from La Liga club Celta Vigo. The 27-year-old has slowly grown into a permanent fixture in the centre of the park for the Partenopei and has been key to their Serie A title charge this season.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Lobotka has made 86 appearances for Napoli thus far, scoring two goals and setting up one more.

As per the report, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the Slovakian international and is keen on bringing him to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“A little bird told me that Ancelotti wants Lobotka at Real Madrid,” said de Maggio, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Real Madrid have a midfield unit brimming with quality even though they lost Casemiro this past summer. Aurelien Tchouameni has settled in well in the holding midfield role since arriving in the summer.

Along with him, Ancelotti also has the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. While the latter two are in the final phase of their respective careers, they are still going strong and could sign one-year renewals before the summer.

On top of that, Real Madrid have their sights firmly fixed on Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund as the final piece to complete their midfield transition.

So, quite how Ancelotti plans to fit Lobotka into his plans, if he is indeed interested in signing the Slovakian would be intriguing to see. He could be seen as a cover and competition for Tchouameni in the No. 6 slot.

The 27-year-old signed a new contract with Napoli in January, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2025. Whether there is genuine interest from Real Madrid’s part in signing Lobotka remains to be seen.

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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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