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Bellingham ‘imagined’ playing for Liverpool for few years before joining Real Madrid – report

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Real Madrid are steadily making positive strides in their bid to sign Jude Bellingham this summer. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is ready to quit Bundesliga in favour of move to Santiago Bernabeu and all parties are nearing an agreement.

Bellingham’s potential move to Real Madrid could serve as a major blow for Liverpool, which, at one point, were the favourites to sign the Dortmund starlet.

In a recent article for the Caught Offside, Bundesliga journalist Christian Falk has commented on Bellingham’s transfer situation, explaining why the midfielder ended up opting for a Real Madrid move despite having a clear intention to join the Reds.

Accordng to Falk, Bellingham had ‘imagined’ playing for Liverpool soon after his Dortmund stint. He wanted to play for the English giants for a few years before eventually joining Real Madrid with more experience and prestige.

It is worth nothing that one of Bellingham’s all-time favourite footballers is former Liverpool superstar Steven Gerrard. And he could have had the golden opportunity to become an ideal long-term solution for the Reds in that position.

However, Liverpool were never really in the fray as they did not want to spend a fortune on one player, at a time when the Reds had to address multiple problems throughout the first-team.

Another possible reason listed by Falk as the reason behind Bellingham’s decision to opt for Real Madrid over Liverpool is his father’s high commission and a change in FIFA Laws regarding taxation for agents from October.

Bellingham’s father wanted to wrap up a deal in the summer and couldn’t wait beyond, knowing the new FIFA laws would be applicable from October. Real Madrid were willing to pay for the high commissions of his father while Liverpool simply did not.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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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