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Real Madrid monitoring another midfielder as Plan B if Bellingham does not join – report

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Jude Bellingham is a top priority for Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window. The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder is one of the most sought-after players in the market, with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City also gunning for his signature.

Real Madrid are looking to refresh their options in midfield as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are entering the final phase of their careers. Furthermore, there are concerns that the latter might end up retiring at the end of the ongoing campaign.

Dani Ceballos, who has been in top form of late, also sees his contract expire in five months. Considering the delicate situation, Los Blancos will need to reinforce their midfield department in the summer.

Bellingham has been identified as the top target, with Real Madrid making huge plans for three mega signings for the summer.

However, given that there is intense competition from Liverpool and Man City, it would bode well for the Merengues to keep their options open.

And, according to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid are monitoring another midfielder as a Plan B in case they are unable to sign Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. However, the identity of this player has not been revealed by the journalist.

Los Blancos had been previously linked with Enzo Fernandez as a possible backup option if they missed out on Bellingham’s capture. But the Argentine is no longer on the table as he joined Chelsea in the recently-concluded January transfer window.

So, it will certainly be interesting to see who Real Madrid are keeping tabs on as a possible Plan B. Previously, names such as Manuel Locatelli of Juventus, Nicolo Barella of inter Milan, and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans have all been mentioned as targets.

What is clear for now is that Bellingham remains the top target for Real Madrid heading into the summer.

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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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