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Real Madrid considering handing Castilla prospect a first-team spot next season – report

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RM Castilla has produced a host of young talents in recent years, some of who have gone on to make a mark in the Real Madrid setup.

In the current setup, there are already many showing immense promise including Sergio Arribas. The young playmaker is regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of the academy in recent years and is making a push to be included in the senior squad.

This has been reported by Sergio Santos. The Spanish journalist indicates that Arribas has raised many eyebrows within the Real Madrid camp for his performances at RM Castilla this season.

In just seven matches, the playmaker has racked up four goals and two assists. In addition to his productivity in the final third, the youngster has impressed onlookers with his ability to manoeuvre the ball in the final third and create chances for his team.

Arribas’ performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Real Madrid reportedly considering making him a part of the senior squad from the 2023/24 campaign onwards.

The Whites are aware of the fact that there are many players in the first team, who could leave the club at the end of the season. It could pave the way for Arribas to enjoy a prominent role in the senior squad, even though the youngster must prove himself at the highest level.

Among the ones poised to leave Real Madrid in 2023 are Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Both the midfielders’ contracts expire at the end of the season, though Real Madrid are hoping to extend the contract of the former.

Others include Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos. The two players have not been offered any contract extension by Real Madrid and their departure could be key in helping Arribas make his way into the senior side.

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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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