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Real Madrid prime target has decided to renew his contract with PSG, announcement scheduled for May



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In a matter of days, all of Real Madrid’s hard work over the past two years seems to have been undone. The plan to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu was one of football’s worst kept secrets and was even considered to be a completed deal by many.

In football, there can always be a new twist until the official announcement is made. That is what has happened in the case of Mbappe.

According to reports from Hadrien Grenier, the Frenchman has decided to renew his contract at Parc des Princes. The official announcement, however, will only happen in May.

This would mean that the prodigy would no longer be a free agent in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain would undoubtedly look to keep the star in France for years to come, and any party interested in his signing would have to pay a hefty sum.

This puts the Galacticos in a tricky situation. Shelling out over €150 million on Mbappe would hamper their plans of strengthening the defence and midfield. Yet, it would give them one of the strongest forward lines in the football world.

In 26 Ligue One starts, Mbappe has scored 17 goals while providing 13 assists. He averages four shots and two key passes per game. Needless to say, he is the spine of the current PSG team.

The Parisiens are said to be offering the 23-year-old a yearly wage north of €50 million, double Real Madrid’s proposed salary. It remains to be seen if Los Blancos re-enter with a higher figure.

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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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