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Real Madrid leading Barcelona in the race to sign €60 million teenage prodigy – report

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Last week, Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez made headlines by confirming the club’s interest in Endrick.

However, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are not very confident in their pursuit of the youngster and believe that the player has already committed to another club in the form of Real Madrid.

This comes after reports that many clubs have already made a move to sign the Palmeiras starlet, who has recently made his professional breakthrough at the age of just 16.

PSG, for one, have reportedly tabled an offer of around €50 million, including variables, in their attempts to sign Endrick. Real Madrid, on the other hand, have continued to keep close track of the youngster, even though they are yet to make an official bid for the player.

The report suggests Endrick is tilting towards a move to Santiago Bernabeu. It appears he is favoring a union with some of his compatriots such as Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid have indeed developed a reputation for nurturing young Brazilian talents in recent years. If everything goes well, the club are in a good position to sign the Palmeiras whizkid in the near future.

However, it remains to be seen whether Los Blancos are willing to flush out the €60 million release clause amount for the services of the Brazilian sensation, knowing he will not be eligible to move to Europe until 2024.

But it must be pointed out that the club had implemented the same formula in their capture of Vinicius and Rodrygo. Given the way Endrick has been performing at Palmeiras, it will not come as a surprise to see them replicate a similar strategy.

Barcelona, for their part, are unlikely to make a move for the 16-year-old, knowing the player has committed to other entities and given their own financial turmoil.

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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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