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Ancelotti pushes Real Madrid for the signing of Napoli midfielder

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The trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos has dominated world football for the past decade. The combination will undoubtedly go down as one of the most feared midfield trios of all time, winning back to back Champions League titles.

However, all three players are now on the wrong side of 30 and cracks have begun to appear in their game. The best example is the recent Clasico where Barcelona’s young midfield completely undid Real Madrid.

One of the priorities heading into the summer transfer window is to strengthen the middle of the park. The idea is to look for a versatile player who can cover a multitude of positions if required.

According to reports from SPORT vis Fichajes, Carlo Ancelotti has identified Fabian Ruiz as the ideal candidate. He is a staunch admirer of the Spanish midfielder and has asked for his signing numerous times before.

The former Real Betis star is seen as a player capable of playing in all three midfield positions. Moreover, his good eye for long balls and his composure in the final third make him the perfect piece to fit in Ancelotti’s side.

The Italians had set an €80 million price tag on their star last year, but the situation has now changed. Ruiz could be available for a fee of €40-50 million based on the variables included and comes at a bargain.

In 23 starts in Serie A this season, the 25-year-old has scored six goals and provided three assists. He has created three big chances and averages 1.2 key passes per game.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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