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Real Madrid rule out signing a new central defender unless there is an exit – report



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It’s more than evident that Real Madrid are already planning to reinforce the roster for the next season. For that reason, while several areas have already been earmarked, the centre-back position is one that has been kept on hold for a while.

According to SPORT, Carlo Ancelotti understands the resources he has at the moment in the central defensive department are more than enough. He has as many as five centre-backs at his disposal and considering the continuity of each one of them, there is absolutely no need to bring in the reinforcement.

For the manager, he wants to give each of his central defenders minutes to help them keep up their fitness levels and avoid unnecessary troubles. 

Interestingly enough, however, the plans might as well take a hit if a certain Nacho Fernandez decides not to renew his deal with Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old’s contract ends at the end of the season but now that his relevance has diminished since Antonio Rudiger’s arrival, he is assessing his future options.

As for the team, the management expects him to continue for at least another year but the player is still thinking about it. 

For now, Eder Militao and David Alaba headline Carlo Ancelotti’s playing XI while Rudiger and Nacho act as cover. Then comes Jesus Vallejo who is his team’s final contingency option at the heart of the defence.

At the same time, the team can also rely on some of their homegrown talents such as Rafa Marin. These are the players who can be utilized in low-intensity games.

Meanwhile, if a defensive reinforcement does arrive, it would be in the wide areas, especially the left-back region where Ferland Mendy is the only natural left-back they have at the moment, which is probably why he is getting regular minutes this season.

So in terms of defence, one can expect Madrid to go for a left-back and potentially a right-back. As far as their centre-backs are concerned, the position is more or less covered.

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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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