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Real Madrid closing in on contract agreement with 32-year-old veteran

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Even as Real Madrid prepare to say goodbye to Toni Kroos, they are working towards tying down some of the other veteran stars at the club.

For starters, Luka Modric is understood to have reached an agreement in principle to continue for another season.

Meanwhile, progress is being made on the Lucas Vazquez front as well.

Agreement close

Indeed, as per MARCA, Lucas Vazquez and Real Madrid are close to finalising an agreement for the right-back to stay at the club for another season.

The club’s directors have conveyed to the player the desire of Carlo Ancelotti himself for the Galician to remain at Real Madrid until at least 30 June 2025.

Set to stay. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

A product of the club’s academy, Vazquez became part of the senior setup at Real Madrid in 2015 under Rafael Benitez, after spending a season at RCD Espanyol.

Should he sign a renewal and stay until 2025, the 32-year-old Spaniard will be completing a decade as a Real Madrid first-team star.

A key cog

Even though he is not a regular starter for Real Madrid, Vazquez has been a key cog in the success that the team has achieved this season.

The 32-year-old has always been ready to step up in Dani Carvajal’s absence and has racked up a tally of three goals and eight assists, including strikes against Villarreal and Barcelona.

Real Madrid value what Vazquez offers to the team in terms of the overall package and are now close to agreeing a renewal, so that he remains at the club for at least another year.

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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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