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In-demand Ligue 1 youngster prioritising Real Madrid over other top teams



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Journalist Matteo Moretto has confidently stated that Leny Yoro, the defender from Lille, has put Real Madrid at the top of his list of preferences. However, Moretto also acknowledges that there are several other clubs vying for Leny’s attention, a fact he is acutely aware of.

According to Moretto, the likelihood of Leny moving to Real Madrid hinges significantly on the price the Ligue 1 side set for him. 

Real Madrid, it seem, are not keen on splurging for a player whose contract only runs until 2025. Although Lille are demanding a hefty €60 million, Real Madrid are aiming to negotiate a lower price.

Real Madrid are patient about Yoro

Consequently, Real Madrid are adopting a patient stance. The steep asking price set by Lille has prompted the Madrid club to hold off on an immediate bid, preferring to wait for a more favourable opportunity.

Despite their keen interest, Real Madrid are not hurrying to finalize the defender’s transfer. While they are aware of interest from Premier League clubs, it does not seem to trouble them greatly.

Real Madrid are interested in signing Leny Yoro.(Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid want Yoro to push for a move

What adds intrigue to the situation is Real Madrid’s desire for Leny to express his eagerness to join them, indicating a genuine interest in playing for the Spanish giants. 

However, this presents a dilemma as leaving Lille without compensating the club, given Leny’s contract situation, is not ideal. Ultimately, the decision rests with Leny and his agent, Jorge Mendes.

Discussions regarding his potential transfer, along with other signings, have been ongoing at Real Madrid for months. However, significant movements in the transfer market are not expected until the conclusion of all club competitions.

At that point, Real Madrid will be primed to seize any opportunity to secure a promising talent like Leny, who is seen as a vital asset for the team’s 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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