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Javier Tebas plays down Real Madrid’s dominance after signing Mbappe: “Football is not mathematical”



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In under two months, Kylian Mbappe will be presented as a new Real Madrid player and will thus begin a new chapter in his already glorious career.

Considering that the forward is already considered one of the best in the world, it is almost criminal that he will join the reigning UEFA Champions League champions on a free transfer. His arrival, needless to say, will beef up Los Blancos’ attack for the new season.

Speaking to the AS in a recent interview, La Liga president Javier Tebas gave his two cents on Mbappe’s arrival and its impact on the Spanish League.

The Spanish administrator began by speaking about the direct effect of the Frenchman’s arrival on Real Madrid’s arsenal and how Carlo Ancelotti’s side could not take results for granted given the big names in the team.

“He will play because this is a team sport. When Hazard or Bale’s last years came, they thought they were going to have results and it’s not so direct.”

“It also happened in the PSG, for example, with Neymar, Messi and Mbappe and it didn’t happen.

They thought it would sweep the Champions League and it wasn’t like that. Fortunately, Football is not mathematical,” he said, refuting claims of the league becoming one-sided.

Money from TV rights will take time

Javier Tebas does not see Mbappe making a serious impact at Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Commenting about the league’s television rights and whether Mbappe’s arrival would have any impact on them, Tebas said,

“When these players arrive, they consolidate the value you have. The rights, immediately, do not improve because you have already signed agreements and because a player does not make you a competition of values.”

“For example, Saudi Arabia has signed good players and international rights have not hit a rise that catches our attention.

It helps make your competition more robust and the sponsors, but it is not an immediate impact,” he added, with an example.

He also hit out at those who claimed that selling the league’s television rights before Mbappe’s arrival was undervalued.

“It’s clear that it’s better. To those who say that with Mbappe we are going to grow more and say that it has been a mistake to sell the rights, we didn’t know what was going to come and those of us who are in this know that the effect is not what is said.”

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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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