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Real Madrid mainstay has rejected Chelsea, wants to become the club captain

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Over the past couple of seasons, Federico Valverde has grown into one of the most important players at Real Madrid. The midfielder has been a permanent fixture in Carlo Ancelotti’s team, be it in midfield or on the right wing, playing a starring role in the success that the team achieved.

As far as last season goes, Valverde featured in 56 matches across all competitions, scoring 12 goals and setting up seven more for his teammates.

Valverde’s exploits coupled with the increased competition in midfield have led to him attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League.

Chelsea, for one, are said to be very keen on signing the 24-year-old midfielder this summer. But according to AS, Valverde has already rejected the approaches from Chelsea and as things stand, the Uruguayan international has ambitions of becoming the captain of Real Madrid.

This is not the first time that Valverde’s name has been linked with the captaincy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Reports in the past have mentioned that the Uruguayan dreams of growing into that role while people at the club also see him as a future skipper.

Real Madrid, as such, have no intentions of letting Valverde leave the club anytime and the midfielder, too, is uninterested in a move away despite the interest from Chelsea as well as Liverpool, who were also understood to be sniffing around.

But with seven midfielders at the club and only three spots to compete for, it will certainly be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti manages to juggle his options and keep Valverde in his starting XI on a regular basis.

Some reports have even suggested that the 24-year-old ace could be fielded on the right flank more frequently than in midfield, where he would have to compete with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, and new boy Jude Bellingham.

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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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