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Real Madrid, Barcelona ‘very interested’ in midfield star with €120 million release clause

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Argentina marched to a strong 2-0 win over Poland in their final group-stage match on Wednesday in what was a one-sided affair. It was La Albiceleste’s best performance in the tournament so far and came with several changes in the lineup by Lionel Scaloni.

One player who received a first start on the night was young Enzo Fernandez. The SL Benfica midfielder played a vital cameo and scored the all-important second goal for his nation against Mexico, had earned the right to start Wednesday’s clash.

According to reports from TyC Sports, Real Madrid and Barcelona are both very interested in Fernandez’s signing and are contemplating the possibility of recruiting him in the coming windows. 

In just three games for Argentina in the World Cup so far, the 21-year-old already has one goal and an assist to his name. He also averages over seven defensive actions per game whilst simultaneously posing a constant threat to the opposition’s goal.

Furthermore, Enzo Fernandez also has a goal and three assists in 13 games in league appearances for Benfica this season.

With Benfica having a good run in both the UEFA Champions League and their domestic competition, a move for one of their star players will not come cheap. Moreover, the inflation in price because of the World Cup is a factor one must account for.

All said the Portuguese side have protected the 21-year-old with a massive €120 million release clause. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid are willing to shell out such a premium given that Jude Bellingham is on their radar too.

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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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