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La Liga defender likely to join Real Madrid despite Chelsea, Manchester United interest

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There is a strong possibility that Real Madrid end up with as many as four left-backs in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid already have Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia in their ranks and are now working hard to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

On top of that, there is a solid possibility that Miguel Gutierrez will end up back at the Santiago Bernabeu from Girona, courtesy of Los Blancos retaining a buyback clause.

Gutierrez very likely to return despite strong Premier League interest

Indeed, as per Jorge Picon, the likelihood of Miguel Gutierrez returning to Real Madrid from Girona is growing quite strong.

The Merengues sold the Spanish defender to Girona in 2022 but retained a buyback clause worth €8 million, which they are now expected to trigger.

Real Madrid are closely following Gutierrez’s development at Girona and have been impressed by how he has done at the Catalan club.

As such, the idea of bringing him back to the club is gaining momentum even though a final decision is yet to be made.

Gutierrez to return to Real Madrid? (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

In case there is an overbooking in the left-back department, the idea of signing Gutierrez and loaning him back to Girona is not ruled out either.

The Spanish defender feels settled in Michel’s side, who could be playing Champions League football next term. As such, the possibility of re-signing him and loaning him back is not ruled out.

Gutierrez wants Real Madrid

Gutierrez, for his part, is eager to return to Real Madrid and has been waiting to learn the club’s stance on the situation.

In fact, the La Fabrica talent turned down several Premier League clubs in the winter and even though teams such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are still keen, he is holding out for Madrid.

In fact, as per the report, the potential arrival of Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich is unlikely to deter Gutierrez either.

Should Gutierrez return and Davies also arrive, it would cast question marks over the future of Ferland Mendy, whose contract expires in 2025, as well as Fran Garcia.

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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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