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Real Madrid quartet set to miss Valladolid encounter on Friday – report

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Real Madrid are all set to return to La Liga action this Friday when they lock horns with Real Valladolid away from home at Estadio Jose Zorrilla.

Having picked up just one victory in their last three league encounters, Los Blancos will be eager to restart the campaign on a winning note and reclaim the top spot in the table from arch-rivals Barcelona.

Leading up to the game, journalist Arancha Rodriguez has provided an update regarding the squad that Carlo Ancelotti will have at his disposal for the trip to Valladolid.

And as per the update, Los Blancos are likely to be without the quartet of Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Mariano Diaz for the upcoming fixture on Friday. The manager will have the rest of the squad at his disposal for the game.

The trio of Modric, Camavinga and Tchouameni were expected to be back in training today following their deep runs in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Modric’s Croatia finished third in the tournament while Tchouameni and Camavinga lost in the final against champions Argentina.

However, as per the latest updates from Sergio Quirante, the trio will be rejoining training only tomorrow, just a day before the Valladolid game. That effectively rules them out from the contest against Valladolid.

As for Mariano, the out-of-favour striker did not train with the team yesterday and today after picking up a blow to his ankle. And he is unlikely to recover in time for the trip to Valladolid.

The absence of three midfielders in Modric, Camavinga, and Tchouameni means that Ancelotti could call upon Dani Ceballos’ services against Valladolid.

Mariano’s unavailability is unlikely to have much of an impact considering he is hardly a regular in the manager’s plans. Karim Benzema, who is super motivated after his World Cup ordeal, will likely be leading the line for Real Madrid on Friday.

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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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