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Chelsea make inquiry about exit-bound Real Madrid defender, Sociedad also interested

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Real Madrid are ready to part with several players this summer as they continue their quick-fire departures before their ‘revolutionary summer’.

They have already announced exits for four attackers in the form of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, and Mariano Diaz, all on free transfers.

On the other hand, los blancos have already brought in Fran Garcia back from Rayo Vallecano, exercising their buy-back clause. This was followed by Brahim Diaz’s arrival as well, who finished his two-year loan tenure with AC Milan.

Madrid also want to get rid of Alvaro Odriozola, who is Real Sociedad’s radar for the summer. And while the player prefers a move to La Real, they are not prepared to pay a transfer fee for his services.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail have reported that Chelsea have made an inquiry for Odriozola. The Spaniard is in the last year of his contract with Madrid, and should be available on a slashed price for the Blues, who can shell out a meager sum to overtake Sociedad in the race.

However, it is interesting to note Chelsea’s interest in Odriozola, especially since they have two of the best young right-backs in Europe at their disposal in the form of Reece James, and Malo Gusto, who is set to permanently join them this summer.

Further, Cesar Azpilicueta also signed a two-year renewal with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2024. The Spaniard, while more of a centre-back in a back-three now, also deploys his trade naturally as a right-back.

Madrid paid upwards of €32 million for Odriozola back in 2018 as competition for Daniel Carvajal, but the player has far from met the expectations the club set for him when he initially joined from Real Sociedad.

He has since been on two loan tenures, at Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, but it seems his time at the Santiago Bernabeu has finally, permanently come to an end.

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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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