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Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to sign a striker in January – report

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After a solid start to the season, the wheels seem to be coming off for Real Madrid as they have been quite subpar in recent matches.

Indeed, Los Blancos have failed to win three of their last four matches in all competitions, losing two of those – against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League and Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

This run of results has coincided with the absence of club captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema, who continues to remain unavailable for selection due to muscle fatigue and is likely to miss the next game against Cadiz as well.

The defeat to Rayo on Monday left Real Madrid trailing rivals Barcelona by two points in the La Liga table, a gap which could increase to five if the Blaugrana secure a win over Osasuna later tonight.

In light of this, according to SPORT, manager Carlo Ancelotti now wants Real Madrid to sign a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.

Los Merengues were in the market for a striker in the summer to provide cover for Benzema, with Gabriel Jesus’ name being heavily linked. However, the move did not materialise due to the unavailability of non-EU slots in the squad at the time.

But, Ancelotti now believes that for the club to compete in La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup, a new striker is necessary and wants the club to make a move in the winter.

President Florentino Perez, who tried to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer, is unwilling to sign a big-name centre-forward currently as he wants to make a move for Erling Haaland or even Mbappe in a couple of years.

As for now, some options like Rafael Leao of AC Milan, Victor Osimhen of Napoli and some prospects from Brazil are on the club’s radar. However, signing the Serie A duo midway through the campaign will be impossible as they are competing for titles.

The potential exits of Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz in January could free up space on the wage bill for the Spanish and European champions to bring in a new player.

It remains to be seen if Ancelotti continues to push Real Madrid to sign a new striker or decides to see out the season with the same squad.

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  1. Elijah

    November 9, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    It’s real that remadrid need a new striker who can replace benzema,most especially at this time when is in injury

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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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