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PSG considering free transfer swoop for Real Madrid winger in 2023 – report

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Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been involved in major transfer wars in recent seasons, primarily with Kylian Mbappe as the main protagonist.

However, it appears PSG are now looking to raid Real Madrid to sign one of their stars at the end of the season. The player in question is Marco Asensio, who is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu and could leave the club in the summer.

This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo, which suggests that the French champions have emerged as the latest club to consider a move for Asensio in 2023.

With his current contract expiring at the end of the season, Asensio was targeted by a host of clubs including Premier League giants Arsenal and even Real Madrid’s arch-rivals FC Barcelona.

While Real Madrid have put out an option on the table for Asensio to sign a contract extension that will largely retain his current wages, there are indications that the player may also consider a move elsewhere in order to revive his career.

Asensio, after all, endured a difficult few seasons due to injury and form. It has been reflected in his status in the Real Madrid first-team, with the Spaniard falling behind the likes of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior in the pecking order.

But after a relatively impressive showing at the World Cup with Spain, coupled with a series of good performances during the end of the first half of the campaign, there might be scope for Asensio to rekindle his career, especially if he receives regular game-time.

To that end, PSG are ready to invest in the player, under the recommendation of sporting advisor Luis Campos. The Portuguese mastermind believes the Real Madrid star has the quality to make a difference at PSG and his expiring contract at the Bernabeu could make him an ideal target for Les Parisiens next season.

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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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