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Real Madrid ‘pessimistic’ about signing 19-year-old Bundesliga midfielder

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Real Madrid are no strangers when it comes to long-drawn transfer sagas. Given that the club are perpetually in the race for the world’s best players, it is but natural for them to be used to both favourable and unfavourable outcomes.

In the recent past, the stories of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland represent cases where Los Blancos did not get their man. Yet, there are episodes like that of Aurelien Tchouameni that show the men in white acquire their target.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana via the 4 Amigos Podcast, the Jude Bellingham deal is set to go down the same route as Mbappe. The club are pessimistic about their chances of signing the English midfielder.

Liverpool are the only other top European club said to be in the race, but are far ahead of Real Madrid in terms of negotiations. This is primarily because of two reasons. For starters, the player’s family prefers a move to England over one to Spain. Further, Jurgen Klopp is pushing for the Merseyside club to break the bank for Bellingham, even if it means shelling out €150 million.

At Real Madrid, however, the mentality is different. The management does not want to risk the financial stability of the institution over a position that is already well secured, thus prefer to step out of the race.

The teenager has started all four of England’s games in the Qatar World Cup so far, scoring one goal and providing one assist. His average of 1.2 key passes and 11 defensive actions per game goes on to show his immense work rate and exactly why Europe’s top clubs have him on their radar.

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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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