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€150 million-rated Real Madrid target tipped to join Liverpool by German journalist



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Jude Bellingham is arguably Real Madrid’s priority target in the 2023 summer transfer window as the Spanish giants look to shore up their ranks in the middle of the park.

The Englishman has been identified as the ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric, who is facing an uncertain future at the club. The veteran’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and he has been courted by Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal.

Toni Kroos, too, is considering the possibility of early retirement, whereas Dani Ceballos’ future is uncertain as well.

This has accentuated the need for a new midfielder, with Bellingham emerging as the ideal option. For a while now, Real Madrid have been tipped as the favourites in the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

However, the tide has been shifting in recent weeks and according to reputed journalist Florian Plettenberg, there is a chance the youngster may join Liverpool ahead of Real Madrid next season.

“I don’t see Bellingham at Real Madrid, I see him at Liverpool in summer,” Plettenberg said in a hosted by Sky.

Just like Real Madrid, Liverpool are one of the clubs determined to sign Bellingham in the summer. The Premier League giants consider the Englishman as the ideal man to supplement an ageing midfield setup, with even Jurgen Klopp believed to be a huge admirer of the youngster.

However, luring Bellingham away from Borussia Dortmund will be a challenge for both clubs. That is because Dortmund are not ready to let him go on a cut-price deal and are reportedly demanding a whopping fee of around €150 million.

This could potentially give Real Madrid an advantage as they may have more cash to burn. Not to mention, the Spanish giants can offer regular Champions League football to the English international, so it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the future.

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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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