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Real Madrid dressing room not happy with how Ancelotti is treating veteran defender

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Nacho Fernandez’s situation at Real Madrid is quite alarming, to say the very least. And as it turns out, Spanish journalist Sergio Santos has reported that this particular case has made the rest of the dressing room uncomfortable over how he is being treated at the club.

Nacho, despite putting on a strong display last season, has lost his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint, as a certain Antonio Rudiger now finds himself ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order.

As a result, the veteran defender has only managed to clock 642 minutes this season while Rudiger has played 1,435 minutes. However, the German international has not really justified his place since arriving on a free transfer last summer from Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Nacho has always lived up to the expectations whenever called into action. Against Valencia in Spanish Super Cup, the 33-year-old was slotted in the left side of defence mainly due to the fact that Ferland Mendy was unavailable for selection.

Against Barcelona, however, Rudiger marked his presence ahead of his competition and the German went on to make several errors. And the discomfort among the teammates is because of this particular reason.

They do not understand why a player, who has given so much to the club, is being demoted to the bench and someone who has been rather substandard is still getting his chances.

Deep down, it’s not only Rudiger who is enjoying the privileges really. If someone is to put their right mind into it, there is no real competition among the first-team players. They understand their positions are simply immovable and are hence not afraid to lose their spots.

As for Nacho, he really wants to be valued and the defender has all the right to be angry. After all, he has been at the club since the age of 11. But now that his future is uncertain, several European teams are vying to get his signature.

Among those are Serie A side Milan and Premier League’s Wolves. His personal preference, however, is to move to the United States so that he never has to face Real Madrid again. In any way, he is still 100% committed to the club and will be available whenever called upon.

While he has always wanted to retire at Real Madrid, given his current situation and the fact that his contract expires in the summer, an exit remains on the table, with MLS emerging as the most likely option.

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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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