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Real Madrid set to offer bumper €60 million contract to priority midfield target

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According to journalist Pacojo on SER Deportivos, Real Madrid have laid out their roadmap to capture the signing of Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund prodigy is Los Blancos’ top transfer target heading into 2023. With Luka Modric in the final phase of his career and Toni Kroos’ future uncertain, a new midfielder has become a top priority at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And, the Merengues have narrowed in on Bellingham as their top target, with recent reports even suggesting that they have taken a lead over Liverpool in the race to sign the England international.

According to the aforementioned report, Real Madrid plan to offer a sum of €100 million to Borussia Dortmund to sign Bellingham, although it is likely that they might need to shell out a larger sum.

Furthermore, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe are planning to offer Bellingham a massive contract worth €12 million per season. The idea is to hand the teenage midfielder a deal that will run for five years, taking the total worth of the contract to €60 million.

It is also suggested that Real Madrid wish to insert a release clause worth €1 billion in the teenager’s contract to shield him against overtures from other suitors in the future.

While the roadmap may be laid out, nothing is set as of yet, as the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City continue to push for Bellingham’s signing. Furthermore, Dortmund are likely to hold out for a higher fee than the €100 million that Real Madrid plan to offer for him.

So, even though it has been suggested that the 19-year-old is leaning towards a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, there is still plenty left to be done for Real Madrid to get into a position of strength in the race for his signing.

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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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