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Real Madrid joined by Barcelona in free transfer race for teenage midfield prodigy

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid have been joined by eternal rivals Barcelona in the race to sign Valencia midfield wonderkid Javi Guerra Moreno in the summer of 2023.

The 19-year-old joined Valencia from Villarreal in 2019 and has since made rapid strides through the ranks at the club. Guerra has featured 13 times for Los Che’s reserve side, scoring and assisting one goal apiece while he has one first-team appearance to his name, to date.

A versatile central midfielder, Guerra can play in the holding role or operate as a No. 8. The teenager has exhibited good technical abilities with the ball, has the capability to make line-breaking forward runs and can hold his own when not in possession.

All these attributes have seemingly put him on the radars of Real Madrid, who are always on the lookout for the best young talents in the country and across the globe.

Indeed, Los Blancos have set their sights on several young prospects such as Endrick Felipe of Palmeiras, Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, and Botafogo’s Matheus Nascimento, among several others.

Now Javi Guerra is also said to on the radars of the Spanish capital club, although they are likely to face stiff competition from rivals Barcelona. Having lost out to the Catalans in the race for Pablo Torre last summer, Real Madrid would be keen on landing the Valencia ace.

Guerra’s contract with Los Che expires at the end of the season, but they want to extend his stay at the Mestalla beyond 2023 and are reported to have tabled a long-term contract offer.

So, the decision is now up to Guerra and it remains to be seen if he opts to continue at Valencia or chooses a move away to Real Madrid or Barcelona come summer.

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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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