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Real Madrid ‘positive’ about midfield ace’s renewal – Fabrizio Romano

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Estadio de La Ceramica saw an unusual span of ninety minutes on Saturday night when Real Madrid were thoroughly outclassed. Villarreal seemed to be several notches superior to Carlo Ancelotti’s men, putting the defending champions under immense pressure.

Slowly, mistakes crept into the visitors’ game and they eventually crumbled to a 2-1 defeat. Yet, if there was one player who maintained his high standard through the storm last night, it was Toni Kroos.

The German International is the engine of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, and rumours of his possible retirement at the end of the season have taken the world by shock. After all, he still has a lot to offer at the highest level at the age of 33.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano via AMP, there are good chances that Kroos will continue at Real Madrid beyond this season. The feeling at the club’s offices is positive and a definitive statement is expected in the coming month.

The player’s decision is key for Real Madrid’s future planning for his departure would force the club to splash the cash on reinforcement in the summer. Jude Bellingham is already on the team’s agenda, but the veteran’s retirement could push them to scout another talent.

The 33-year-old has been indispensable for Ancelotti this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists in 13 La Liga appearances. He averages a whopping 95 touches and two key passes per game in addition to his six defensive actions.

The club have put a proposal for a one-year extension on the table for Kroos and expect a reply at least by the beginning of February.

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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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