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Real Madrid rival Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus in free transfer race for German striker

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Borussia Dortmund youngster Youssoufa Moukoko is gathering a lot of interest from top clubs across Europe as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Juventus are all set to battle for his signing next summer, reports SPORT.

Moukoko, a product of Dortmund’s youth academy, has been in and around the first-team picture for quite some time now. However, the 17-year-old has well and truly exploded in the ongoing campaign, putting in some hugely impactful displays.

Indeed, the teenage striker has already netted six goals and set up four more from just 12 Bundesliga matches this term, with two of his goals coming earlier today against VfL Bochum.

With Moukoko set to become a free agent at the end of the season, clubs are now lining up to sign the forward who will turn 18 later this month.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Moukoko in the past and could do with a player like him as they lack a proper backup for Karim Benzema in the No. 9 role.

But with competition for the German Under-21 international increasing by the day, things will get difficult for Real Madrid. After all, clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Juventus can be attractive destinations for the young striker.

Furthermore, the possibility of him continuing at Dortmund cannot be ruled out either. After the game against VfL Bochum, Moukoko said (h/t Fabrizio Romano):

“I have been here at Borussia Dortmund for 7 years, I feel at home here. I know this club very well and the manager Terzic trusts me.”

So, there is a chance that Moukoko might be convinced into signing a new contract at Dortmund as well. If not, Real Madrid will be ready to swoop in, but will have to stave off competition from several other teams.

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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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