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Real Madrid-linked La Liga midfielder could move to the Premier League, player ‘loves’ Arsenal

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Gabri Veiga has enjoyed a fine breakthrough campaign at Celta Vigo this season, which put him on the radars of several top clubs, including Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old came with an affordable €40 million release clause, making him an attractive prospect as he fit with the club’s recruitment policy and had already shown great potential in La Liga.

However, with the signing of Jude Bellingham now understood to be close, it seems unlikely that Real Madrid will pursue the transfer of Veiga as well, even though it was previously reported that the two operations would be independent of each other.

With Bellingham likely to arrive, coupled with the loan return of Brahim Diaz and the possible renewals of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Dani Ceballos, there would not be much room for Veiga at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, AS is reporting that the Celta Vigo midfielder could be on his way to the Premier League in the summer. It is claimed that the 20-year-old midfielder ‘loves’ Arsenal.

The Gunners have been previously linked with Veiga, while there has also been interest from other clubs such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Barcelona as well.

However, it is being claimed that the 20-year-old Spaniard likes Arsenal the most and may very well end up at the Emirates Stadium in the summer as a move to Real Madrid now appears unlikely.

As for the Merengues, they are on the verge of closing the signing of Bellingham in a deal that could cost around €100-120 million. The England international is expected to sign a contract until 2029, with wages worth around £12 million per year (€13.6 million).

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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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