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Real Madrid midfielder ‘moving away’ from club, attracting interest from La Liga, Serie A

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Real Madrid are working tirelessly towards the renewals of players whose contracts run out in June whilst simultaneously navigating through their pursuit of Jude Bellingham. So far, only the renewals of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have been ascertained but there is optimism on other fronts.

Marco Asensio’s continuity now appears closer than ever before while the general feeling around Nacho Fernandez’s cade is also positive.

MARCA report that the only player who appears to be moving away from Real Madrid is Dani Ceballos.

The Spanish midfielder has seen a surge in stocks in the second half of the ongoing season. Ceballos features as one of Ancelotti’s first-choice backups in the middle of the park and is seen as a solid option to relieve Luka Modric of his duties during rotations.

However, both economic and sporting reasons form the hurdles to his renewal.

Los Blancos sent Ceballos his first renewal offer three weeks ago and the proposal did not go down well with his entourage. The player’s environment expected more and appears to have opened the doors to an exit in June.

Ceballos is said to have already been in conversation with Real Betis over a possible move. Further, he has an important offer on the table from Italy while Atletico Madrid are also interested in his situation.

The midfielder’s renewal thus appears more complicated than it has in the recent past. Ceballos is slowly distancing from the club and the chances of him continuing at the club are now appearing to be slim.

The 26-year-old has made 26 appearances for Real Madrid this season, providing three assists in the process. Further, he averages one key pass and over five defensive actions per game.

He is expected to start on the bench against Manchester City in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg clash at the Etihad. However, an appearance off the bench could be on the cards.

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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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