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Manchester United ‘fearful’ about Real Madrid’s interest in star forward – report

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According to Express (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Manchester United are anticipating a major battle in their bid to keep hold of Marcus Rashford.

After a period of disappointment, the Englishman has roared back this season, enjoying a wonderful start to the 2022/23 campaign. He has also emerged as one of England’s standout performers during the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In light of his return to prominence, Manchester United are keen on prolonging the attacker’s future at Old Trafford. However, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, Man United are increasingly fearful of losing their star player.

They are particularly fearful of the interest of Real Madrid, who are thought to be one of the clubs keeping close tabs on Rashford’s situation. They are expected to pounce on any opportunity to sign the forward, whose contract expires in 2023.

Manchester United have reportedly tabled a contract extension offer to Rashford, but the player is yet to respond. The club have the option to extend the contract for a further year, but if the player favours an exit, they could be forced to utilise the lever and sanction his sale in the summer of 2023.

Real Madrid’s interest in Rashford stems from his recent performances both for club and country. He also holds a reputation for his experience and a proven track of performing at the highest level. And with the possibility of signing the player on a cut-price deal looming, Los Blancos will be more than ready to pounce.

At the end of the day, though, the decision will be on Rashford, on whether or not he wants to continue his career at Manchester United and help the club rebuild under new coach Erik ten Hag, or join Real Madrid and become a potential long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.

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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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