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Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea in race to sign AS Monaco midfield starlet

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The transfer market looks packed with strikers and defenders. However, finding a world-class defensive midfielder is a difficult task.

Real Madrid are in desperate need of a backup for Casemiro. The Brazilian has been the backbone of Los Blancos’ setup for a long time now, but age is now catching up with him. One of the players on the club’s radar is Aurelien Tchouameni.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG are just some of the teams interested in the 22-year-old’s signing, according to Diario AS.

As per the same report, Pep Guardiola’s side have pulled out of the race for the youngster. Monaco’s asking price of €80 million is considered too high by the Premier League champions.

The race for Tchouameni’s signing now remains between three clubs: Real Madrid, PSG, and Chelsea.

The prodigy averages 2.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, eight duels won, and one clearance per 90 in Ligue 1 alone. Moreover, he has scored one goal and created four big chances too.

His contract with Monaco runs until the summer of 2024. Given that he is in the final year of his contractual obligation, the French club will be pressed to sell him.

Los Blancos have the financial resources to secure his signing. However, a lot will depend on the situation of Kylian Mbappe.

If the PSG star decides to renew his deal in Paris, Real Madrid will have to shell out a significant part of their budget in his pursuit. Needless to say, that would make the signing of Tchouameni difficult.

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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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