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Real Madrid defender refused Ancelotti’s plans to change position this season – report

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The planning at Santiago Bernabeu is usually always on point. When it comes to pre-season squad planning and decision-making, few clubs in the world can boast of being superior to Real Madrid.

For the Spanish defending champions to be facing a tricky situation at the left-back position is something not many would have seen coming. According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Zone), the manager’s dilemma is not because of a lack of planning but a different set of factors.

The management is said to have planned on using David Alaba as the primary left-back this season ahead of Ferland Mendy. This also explains why the Merengues pushed so hard for Antonio Rudiger as a replacement centre-back.

According to the initial blueprint, Rudiger should have partnered with Eder Militao as the first-choice central defence pairing. Caravajal would complete the four-man defensive line as the right back.

However, Alaba refused to play as a left-back. The Austrian spoke with Ancelotti and insisted on playing centrally in his second season, leaving the manager short-staffed at left-back.

While Alaba has done well as a centre-back, Rudiger is also rising in prominence under Ancelotti. Now, the German is pushing to be a regular starter with Militao, which could pose a problem for Ancelotti.

Alaba is no stranger to playing as a full-back for it was as a left-back that he made his rise to prominence. However, at this stage of his career, the former Bayern Munich ace is keen on continuing as a centre-half.

With Mendy’s performances at left-back not convincing everyone, Real Madrid are likely to venture into the market for a new player in the position come summer.

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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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