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Endrick’s father on Real Madrid rumours: “We have no preference yet”

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Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Endrick. The Palmeiras whizkid is currently one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market, having recently made his professional breakthrough at the age of just 16.

A host of top clubs across Europe are vying for the signature of Endrick, even though he is not eligible to move to Europe until he turns 18 two years later.

Real Madrid are among the clubs interested and are even pushing for the signing of the young Brazilian. Talks between the Whites and Palmeiras are taking place as we speak.

However, Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has also relayed words from Endrick’s father Douglas, who has suggested that nothing has been agreed with Real Madrid or any other club in Europe just yet.

“There’s nothing decided for Real Madrid or any other club. We’ve no preference yet,” Douglas said, before going on to add that any club who are willing to meet Palmeiras’ price tag and are offering intriguing sporting prospects will sign the player.

“We’ll decide in the next months, the club that will pay what Palmeiras want and show us the best technical project for Endrick will sign the boy,” he added.

Despite their interest in the player, luring Endrick away from Palmeiras could prove to be a tough ask for Real Madrid. There are reports that suggest that the Brazilian giants could hold out for a fee of up to €60 million for the player.

It is a fortune for any 16-year-old, especially for one who is not even eligible to move to Spain until he is 18. However, Real Madrid have registered a good record of nurturing Brazilian talents in the recent past and it will be interesting to see if they are willing to splash the cash this time out.

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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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