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Barcelona target open to joining Real Madrid in the future: “I don’t close the door”

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with AS, Girona defender Arnau Martinez has claimed that he will not close the door on a possible transfer to Real Madrid in the future despite his past links with Barcelona.

Martinez spent several years in Barça’s La Masia youth setup before signing for Girona in 2018 after two years with L’Hospitalet.

The 19-year-old has progressed steadily at the Catalan club, playing an important role in their promotion to La Liga and has done well in his debut campaign in the Spanish top flight.

It has led to Martinez being linked with a return to Barcelona, who are in the market for a new right-back. And, the 19-year-old has, in the recent past, admitted that he would be keen on moving back to his boyhood club.

However, at the same time, Martinez has now insisted that he will not close the door on a move to Real Madrid just because of his history with Barcelona.

“I don’t close the door on anyone. What I want is to compete in the best way in the best team that I can, be it Madrid, Barça or another team,” Martinez said.

A right-back by trade, Martinez is also able to play as a centre-back. The teenager performed well in Girona’s La Liga encounter against Real Madrid this season, when he was able to keep Vinicius Junior quiet.

Talking about his experience playing at the Bernabeu, Martinez added: “It was a great experience in a unique stadium, the best there will be in the coming years. It’s impressive to come out of the locker room and see everyone singing the anthem. 

“Luckily for me, that didn’t wrinkle me. I play the same at the Bernabeu or in a game with an artificial turf field.”

Martinez has a release clause worth €20 million in his contract with Girona. While there have been no reports of interest from Real Madrid, the defender will not rule out a move to the Bernabeu if a chance arises in the future.

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  1. Hezekiah H. Merriam

    November 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Barcelona players are slow on the ball. They need to speed up a bit with fast vision.

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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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