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Real Madrid, Liverpool favourites to sign rising England star, Chelsea also keen



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The race to sign Jude Bellingham is seemingly hotting up as the midfielder continues to mesmerise onlookers with his performances at the highest level of football.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet most recently starred in England’s opening game in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, scoring the opener in a 6-2 victory over Iran. He was hailed as one of the top performers of the game.

Bellingham’s blazing performances for club and country have catapulted him into becoming one of the hottest prospects in the market, with Real Madrid and other major clubs across Europe keen on securing his services at the end of the season.

According to a recent report from Matt Law (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid, along with Liverpool, are on the driver’s seat in the race to sign Bellingham. But Chelsea have also entered the race for the 19-year-old, while Manchester City are also in the running.

Real Madrid, for their part, have likely identified the former Birmingham City starlet as a potential long-term replacement for Luka Modric, whose contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season.

Bellingham, to that end, could prove to be a smart long-term investment for the club. The Englishman may even build a formidable partnership with other big-money midfield investments such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Borussia Dortmund, though, are not going to make it easy for Los Blancos or for any other interested party in their quest to sign Bellingham.

Although the German giants are preparing for his exit, they are expected to hold out for a fortune for the services of the Englishman, especially with interest in his services growing with each passing day.

The teenage whizkid was indeed valued at around €100 million before the start of the World Cup. But it appears he could end up with a valuation closer to €150 million by the end of the tournament.

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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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