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Real Madrid forward hits back at Flamengo veteran over FIFA Club World Cup comments



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Arturo Vidal made headlines recently with his comments on Real Madrid. Shortly after winning the Copa Libertadores title with his new club Flamengo, the former Barcelona midfielder warned the Whites ahead of a potential matchup in the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Real Madrid, we are going to kick your a**,” Vidal said, issuing a strong message to Real Madrid.

However, in response to Vidal’s comments, Real Madrid attacker Rodrygo did not hold back. The Brazilian suggested that the midfielder might be heartbroken and urged fans not to care much about his words.

“I think he’s heartbroken, but we don’t talk much about him. We only saw a few videos there. Leave him alone,” Rodrygo said told TNT Sports (h/t AS).

One would expect the Brazilian forward to play a key role for Real Madrid in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup, where the European champions could come up against Vidal’s Flamengo.

Talking about the competition, Rodrygo added: “We watched the game [the final of the Libertadores], we talked about it. But it is not something that matters for now, as we have many things ahead of us. When it gets closer, we’ll talk about it.”

Other than these two sides, the Club World Cup will also feature Seattle Sounders from the United States, Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, and Auckland City from New Zealand. Japanese giants Urawa are also in contention, though they are yet to find out their opponent in the AFC Champions League final.

The Club World Cup itself, though, will be delayed due to the FIFA World Cup that is set to take place later this month. Reports say the competition will be shifted to February.

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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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