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Real Madrid key man on Ligue 1 side’s radar for next season

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Carlo Ancelotti’s second tenure at Real Madrid has been a fairytale, and the ongoing season has only seen his charm at the club continue.

Already crowned champions of Spain, Los Blancos are also one step away from being named the champions of Europe. Only 90 minutes against Borussia Dortmund next month stand between them and the pinnacle of European football.

One of the pioneering forces of Ancelotti’s team, needless to say, is his brother Davide Ancelotti. Heading into next season, however, there is doubt whether the manager’s son will continue at the club.

The next step

As revealed by Santi Aouna, Davide Ancelotti is on the radar of Stade de Reims to take over as their new manager for next season.

The Ligue 1 side have several names on their shortlist including Luka Elsner, Joël Magnin, João Sacramento and Miron Muslic alongside the Real Madrid assistant coach.

Reims finished the French league in ninth place this season with 47 points in 34 games and were just four points away from Europe. Their coach, Will Still, left the club by mutual consent on 2nd May just before the end of the season, beginning the team’s hunt for a successor.

Davide Ancelotti has an admirer in Ligue 1. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Having assisted Carlo Ancelotti’s project for years, Davide is now ready to take on a bigger responsibility and he could thus opt to leave the club this summer and venture into new pastures.

A pioneering force

Real Madrid were on the cusp of elimination in the UEFA Champions League during the second leg of the clash against Bayern Munich.

Alphonso Davies’ goal placed the Bavarians in the driver’s seat, and Los Blancos were in dire need of inspiration.

At such a juncture, Carlo Ancelotti turned to his son for advice, and Davide promptly asked Joselu to warm up and advocated for his introduction.

The rest is history, as the Spaniard came on and scored a game-changing brace to send his team to the finale.

The recent story is only one of the numerous instances when Davide made a direct impact on Real Madrid’s result and it is clear that his combination with his father is second to none. It remains to be seen how a potential departure will affect Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

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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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