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Real Madrid coach sets sights on €90 million-rated Arsenal defender



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If the 2023-24 campaign has taught Real Madrid one lesson, it is that their depth at centre-back is not sufficient.

Burdened to handle most of the season without two defenders, Carlo Ancelotti and Co. are looking to recruit a new name in the department come June.

Considering Nacho Fernandez’s almost certain departure from the Spanish capital, the need for a new centre-half is only amplified.

The candidate in England

Real Madrid have been linked with several centre-backs in recent months, with Leny Yoro emerging as one of the favourites to arrive in the Spanish capital.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, however, Carlo Ancelotti is interested in Arsenal defender William Saliba.

At 23 years of age, the Frenchman is one of the pillars of Mikel Arteta’s project and comes off as an option who boats both youth and the right amount of experience.

Saliba on Ancelotti’s radars. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The only downside to his pursuit, however, is that Saliba’s contract in England runs until the summer of 2027. His market value stands at close to €90 million, and Arsenal do not intend to even contemplate a sale at this point.

The Premier League giants, in fact, are even planning a contract renewal for the French star, making him an unreal target despite Ancelotti’s admiration.

Returning from loan

While Saliba may not be a realistic target for Real Madrid, the men in white are guaranteed to be boosted by the return of Rafa Marin next month.

On loan at Deportivo Alaves for a year, the 21-year-old Castilla star has established himself as a regular in the league’s 11th-placed team and has overseen seven clean sheets in the process.

Further, he averages close to ten defensive actions and 3.7 ball recoveries per game.

Marin’s place under Carlo Ancelotti may well depend on the team’s ability to bring in a high-quality defender this summer. Purely based on merit, however, the youngster is well-equipped to fill the existing void.

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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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