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Real Madrid ‘appreciate the profile’ of €60 million-rated Liverpool, Man City target – report

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Real Madrid have always had a penchant to sign young and upcoming French players over the years and turn them into superstars at the club.

Raymond Kopa, Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema, and Raphael Varane are some of the greatest French players to have played for Real Madrid.

Now, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are trying to carve their niche at the Santiago Bernabeu. The club’s admiration for Kylian Mbappe is no secret and there is another new French footballer that has joined the list.

Indeed, according to Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Real Madrid really appreciate the profile of OGC Nice and France midfielder Khephren Thuram, who is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs across Europe.

The report states that the 22-year-old was on the Merengues’ radars last year and the club had watched him closely at the time when they were also tracking Tchouameni, who eventually ended up arriving from AS Monaco.

Depending on how their summer window shapes up, Real Madrid might look into the possibility of rekindling their interest in Thuram.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at AS Monaco and made the switch to Nice in 2019. He is enjoying a fine campaign this time out, having made 41 appearances in all competitions in which he has scored two goals and set up eight more.

Thuram also made his international debut for France recently, and his development has alerted clubs like PSG, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, and Manchester City as well.

Nice, for their part, will demand at least €60 million for their prized asset in the summer, with still two years left on his contract.

Real Madrid are in the market for a new midfielder, but they are looking at Jude Bellingham as their primary target, with reports suggesting that the Merengues are ready to ‘do everything they can’ to sign the Englishman.

So, while they might appreciate Thuram and his qualities, a move would be unlikely at the moment.

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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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