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Real Madrid rejected the chance to sign 28-year-old Manchester City star in January

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The situation of Joao Cancelo at Bayern Munich is complicated. The right-back only joined the German outfit in the winter transfer market on loan from Manchester City and the relations between him and his new club already appear to be souring.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, the Bundesliga side will only make a decision about his future in the summer. Real Madrid opted against signing the star in the winter but could return to the thick of things in June if the right-back is available.

The defender has appeared in nine games for the Bavarians since his move to Germany, only missing out on the team’s clash against Stuttgart earlier this month. However, he has completed the ninety minutes only on one occasion.

Cancelo was benched for most of the team’s Champions League clash against PSG last week but provided an assist in the seven minutes he participated in. The 28-year-old feels hard done by his lack of game time and is reportedly frustrated at his situation.

Simultaneously, Julian Nagelsmann’s side are said to be edging towards opting against triggering his purchase clause.

The stipulated €70 million fee is a number Bayern see as very high given the player’s performances and once again throws the gate open for speculation around Cancelo’s future.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side indeed requires a right-back, given that both Lucas Vazquez and Daniel Carvajal are past the 30-year mark.

Yet, the Merengues already have their priority list set in stone, and it is clear that the right-back position features behind departments like the midfield and centre-forward.

Real Madrid’s speculated pursuit of Cancelo would come down to the transfer fee demanded by Pep Guardiola’s side. For a fee close to the €70 million asked of Bayern Munich, it is clear that Real Madrid will likely maintain its distance.

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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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