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Real Madrid learn possible dates and venue for the FIFA Club World Cup

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have learnt the possible dates and venue for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The tournament that pits champions of continental club competitions against one another usually is held in December. But with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar occupying the calendar this year, the Club World Cup has been postponed by football’s governing body.

And, so far, an official announcement of the dates and the possible venues is yet to be made, with very little information emerging on the schedule of the Club World Cup.

But, as per the aforementioned report, the FIFA Club World Cup could be held in Abu Dhabi from February 1 to February 11 in 2023.

Real Madrid have qualified for the tournament after winning the UEFA Champions League last season. The Merengues will be the representatives of Europe at the Club World Cup and will enter the competition in the semi-final stages.

Real Madrid are the most successful team when it comes to the FIFA Club World Cup, having won the competition a record four times.

Apart from Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Brazilian giants Flamengo have also qualified for the tournament after winning the Copa Libertadores while MLS outfit Seattle Sounders and Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca have also made it to the FIFA Club World Cup along with Auckland City from New Zealand.

As things stand, Abu Dhabi (UAE) is being seen as the venue for the FIFA Club World Cup, although the possibility of taking the tournament to the USA has been discussed in the past.

The report claims that all participating clubs have been sent a dossier of information by FIFA. Although, it remains to be seen when an official announcement is made.

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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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