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Real Madrid in ‘no rush’ to sign a new centre-forward this summer

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Contrasting reports continue to circulate over Real Madrid’s tricky situation at centre-forward. While Los Blancos have arguably the best striker in world football in the form of Karim Benzema, their bench strength in the department is exceptionally poor.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid are working on the arrival of a centre-striker. The need for a new number 9 is well known in the club offices. Yet, ironically, the same outlet report that there is no urgency.

Over the past few days, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been linked to a plethora of strikers. With veterans, youngsters and even teenage stars rumoured with a chance of filling the void, it is clear that the club see it as an important objective.

Chelsea’s Timo Werner is one of the big names rumoured to be considered, but the Premier League side will not let him go cheap. More economical options like Raul De Tomas, too, are on the table.

Amongst the younger stars linked with the Galacticos are Jonathan Burkadt, Sasa Kalajdzic, Roko Simic, Brian Brobbey and Noah Okafor.

With Benzema in imperious form, it is clear that a new signing will not see much game time. This could prompt the club to look for a temporary plug this season and to sign a long-term prospect in the next window.

It remains to be seen as to such route the club opts for. Either way, Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral’s departure from the club is the preliminary step necessary before signing any striker, and that is the focus at the moment.

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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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