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Official: Three Real Madrid stars in final Spain squad for UEFA Euro 2024

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With the UEFA Euro 2024 set to kick off in a week’s time, Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has announced the final 26-man squad list for the tournament.

The La Roja manager had initially announced a preliminary 29-man roster to take a closer look at the players before finally narrowing down to a list with 26 players.

And, all three of the Real Madrid stars – Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, and Joselu, who were on the preliminary squad list, have been retained in the final squad.

Both Carvajal and Joselu have been regulars in the squad under De la Fuente since he replaced Luis Enrique as manager of Spain last year.

Nacho, however, has not always been given a shot, but his solid season with Real Madrid has seemingly convinced De la Fuente to take the veteran defender on the trip to Germany.

The three players that were cut from the 29-man squad list are Pau Cubarsi, Aleix Garcia, and Marcos Llorente.

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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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