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PSG tired of Real Madrid, prefer Kylian Mbappe to join Barcelona – report

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Kylian Mbappe’s future continues to dominate the headlines in the media. The PSG superstar will very likely be on the move this summer and Real Madrid have long been touted as his next destination.

But, other clubs have started to show interest in acquiring his services. Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia have already made a formal €300 million bid, which PSG are likely to accept. It would force Real Madrid’s hand to act on their interest, given that they have been quiet so far.

Now, though, La Vanguardia is claiming that Les Parisiens have grown tired of Real Madrid and would prefer to do a deal with the Merengues’ arch-rivals Barcelona for Mbappe.

As reported earlier today, Barça have suddenly shown an interest in the Frenchman’s situation and are planning to discuss a move with PSG, despite their iffy financial position.

Now, the aforementioned report states that the Catalans have already been in contact with the Ligue 1 champions and are willing to offer two key players, Gavi and Ousmane Dembele, as part of the deal for the Real Madrid target.

Such a proposition does appear extremely unlikely given that the two players are key cogs in Xavi’s plans. Furthermore, Barcelona would have no way to fit Mbappe’s salary on their wage bill either.

But with interest in the 24-year-old rising, Real Madrid will need to act sooner rather than later, even though it is understood that the player continues to prioritise a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu over any other club.

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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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