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Real Madrid rejected former Barcelona midfielder in the past due to his conduct

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Arturo Vidal has had a gloried career in European football, having played for some of the biggest clubs in the continent such as FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Juventus.

However, it could have turned out wholly different for the Chilean international as he could have signed for Real Madrid back in 2015.

Indeed, as per Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid had the opportunity to sign Vidal back in the summer of 2015 while he was still at Juventus.

However, the report states that Los Blancos rejected the midfielder due to concerns over his conduct, attitude and lifestyle.

With a move to Madrid not materialising, Vidal ended up signing for Bayern Munich that same summer, where he joined forces with Carlo Ancelotti.

Vidal spent three years with the Bavarian giants before making his way to Barcelona and spending two seasons at the home of Real Madrid’s arch-rivals.

In a conversation with YouTuber Ezzequiel, Vidal alluded to the fact that he could have joined the Merengues, although he did not delve into why the move did not go through.

“I was close to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United…,” he remarked.

But, MD states that Real Madrid did not proceed to sign him due to his conduct.

Vidal, so far in his career, has faced Los Blancos 16 times in all competitions and won only four of those games while losing eight. He scored three goals in those meetings.

During the same chat, the 36-year-old named Ancelotti as one of the three best coaches he has played under, along with Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte.

At the same time, Vidal also named Real Madrid’s very own Jude Bellingham as the best player in his position in today’s game.

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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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