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Real Madrid defender unhappy with lack of game-time this season – report

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With the club football set for a restart, Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy period ahead. While they are not expected to make too many moves during the January transfer window, the club are facing an ordeal in relation to the status of some of their squad members.

The likes of Nacho Fernandez, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos are all looking at an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, as their contracts expire at the end of the season. There are already fears that Kroos may opt for early retirement, whereas there are no guarantees on the future of Nacho either.

According to Roberto Morales on El Chiringuito TV, the veteran centre-back is unhappy at Real Madrid due to his lack of game-time in the first team.

This is quite significant for Los Blancos as Nacho has historically never complained about his role in the first team throughout his ongoing nine-and-a-half-year spell at the club.

With 286 competitive appearances, the 32-year-old is one of the most experienced members of the current Real Madrid setup. But over the past decade or so, the Spaniard has largely played the role of a backup defender, to the likes of Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Raphael Varane, and more recently, David Alaba and Eder Militao.

But despite his lack of prominence in the starting eleven, Nacho had racked up over 1,500 minutes of league football in each of the past four seasons.

However, this time around, the veteran has only racked up 141 minutes so far, falling behind the likes of Militao, Alaba and summer signing Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order.

Rudiger’s arrival in the summer has indeed affected Nacho’s role in the team, to a great extent.

As such, the defender is not entirely sure about extending his contract at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid speculation linking him to a reunion with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma.

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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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