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Manchester United considering making a second attempt to sign Real Madrid target

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Prior to Jude Bellingham’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020, Manchester United had made a big move to try and lure him to Old Trafford.

The teenager was given a full tour of the club’s facilities and met with the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, as the Red Devils spared no efforts in trying to convince him to join. But, in the end, Bellingham chose Dortmund, where has thrived endlessly.

Now widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in the game, the 19-year-old has further enhanced his reputation on the back of a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with England, where he was one of the Three Lions’ best players during their quarter-final run.

Heading into next year, Bellingham is all set to spark a transfer war as several top clubs across the continent are pushing to sign him. Real Madrid have been working behind the scenes to sign the teenager for a while now, but face intense competition from Liverpool.

At the same time, Manchester City are also said to be keen on the 19-year-old. And now, according to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United could be open to making a second attempt at signing Bellingham next summer.

The report suggests that the staff at Old Trafford see the teenager as the ideal fit to play the box-to-box role that they had envisioned Paul Pogba playing. And manager Erik ten Hag is said to have been closely following Dortmund’s matches to assess his performances.

So, the door is not closed on another possible try to sign Bellingham. However, given the intense competition for places, pulling off a move could be difficult for Manchester United.

After all, as things stand, they are not counted among the elite teams in Europe despite their history. And with clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool vying for his signing, the chances of Bellingham choosing Old Trafford appear slim.

In fact, recent reports have even suggested that the 19-year-old and his family could be leaning towards a move to Liverpool, which means Los Blancos also run the risk of missing out on Bellingham, who could cost upwards of €100 million next summer.

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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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