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Real Madrid identify 23-year-old former Castilla player as Leny Yoro alternative

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Real Madrid’s 2023/24 season looked severely hampered when both Eder Militao and David Alaba picked up ACL injuries by the half-way point of the season, especially with Thibaut Courtois also already out with the same injury.

Madrid were expected to head into the winter transfer market with the intention of buying a new centre-back who could fill the role and cover alongside Antonio Rudiger and Nacho.

However, Madrid did not end up signing anyone in the winter, which forced Carlo Ancelotti to use Aurlien Tchoumeni and Daniel Carvajal as his CB pairing at one point.

The summer window, however, will be different, as the Galacticos prepare to sign a new centre-back. And as such, they have set their sights on one of their very own.

Operation Mario Gila

According to a report from Estadio Deportivo, Madrid are considering a move for their former player, Mario Gila.

Currently plying his trade for Lazio, Gila became a starter under Maurizio Sarri, and has become an essential player for the Serie A outfit.

He left Madrid in 2022 for €6 million, and was also linked to the club in January before he ended up becoming a vital player for Lazio.

Madrid still own 50% of his rights, though, which means he should be available at a very cheap price should they choose to pursue him in the summer.

The Leny Yoro angle

Yoro is Madrid’s priority. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

While Gila is an interesting, cost-effective solution to Madrid’s problems, especially with Militao, Rudiger, and Alaba running the ship, he is not their first choice.

Madrid are, in fact, pushing to sign Lille’s Leny Yoro, who is very excited about the prospect of joining the Spanish giants.

The Frenchman’s contract runs with Lille runs until 2025, which means he should not be too expensive, although the French side are not ready to part with him this summer.

They are even pushing for a contract extension, but it seems unlikely that he will put pen to paper if Madrid come calling.

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  1. Al

    April 11, 2024 at 4:00 am

    A good call. Yoro are good but expensive. Call back Rafa and Gutierrez too. Give chances to Castillas.

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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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