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Real Madrid ace hailed as ‘one of the best in the world’ by Premier League midfielder

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Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport (h/t Calciomercato), Tottenham Hotspur and Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has hailed Real Madrid star Federico Valverde as one of the best in the world in his role.

Valverde is enjoying a brilliant start to the 2022/23 campaign and has emerged as one of Real Madrid’s most important players alongside the likes of Vinicius Jr, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

In the absence of Karim Benzema due to injury issues, Valverde has shouldered a lot of attacking responsibility, and has already netted eight goals this season.

Named in the Uruguay squad for the FIFA World Cup, the 24-year-old will be a key part of the team in Qatar. And his national teammate, Bentancur has praised the Real Madrid ace ahead of the tournament, while insisting that La Celeste can have a great World Cup.

“In South America, football feels different than in Europe. For us, every minute is the last we live. I’m waiting for the start of this World Cup but without too much anxiety,” Bentancur said.

“Uruguay has Valverde who is one of the best in the world in his role. There is Suarez and Cavani too, we can have a great World Cup,” he added.

In 20 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid this season, Valverde has netted eight goals and set up four more. Uruguay will certainly hope that he can carry that form forward in the World Cup this month.

The 24-year-old has made 44 appearances for his country since making his debut in 2017 and has four goals against his name.

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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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