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Real Madrid midfield duo unhappy with reduced role this season, want more prominence

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The 2023-24 season was never going to be easy for Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, especially from a man-management standpoint.

With the team in transition and a newfound competition between the youngster and the veterans burning, it was always going to be a difficult task.

If the first month of the new season is anything to go by, the manager has shown great trust in the young midfield core.

Aurelien Tchouameni, Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde have thus enjoyed the lion’s share of the action.

The veterans are unhappy

While the youngsters hog the limelight, Ancelotti has not given Luka Modric and Toni Kroos much importance so far. The veterans have been reduced to bodies on the bench with the occasional starts and regular late cameo.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Kroos and Modric are unhappy with their new roles.

They both are convinced that they are still good enough to start for the club and do not understand the manager’s decisions. The veterans, thus, are annoyed at their situations.

The report adds that the German is the more perplexed of the two. Kroos finds it strange that he and Modric are lumped together in any joint criticism.

After all, five years separate them in terms of age. Despite their great relationship, they are clearly in different stages of their career.

Pressure on the manager

For two of the team’s best players to be unhappy with their roles at the club is clearly not good news for Ancelotti. After all, he requires all the squad depth he can garner as the season proceeds.

The pressure is thus on the manager to find their optimal roles.

Starting both veterans together may no longer be feasible, but Ancelotti needs to ensure they feel valued. Otherwise, departures in January remain a serious possibility.

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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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