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Real Madrid set upper limit for Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Jude Bellingham over a transfer in the summer of 2023 in the hopes of revamping their midfielder completely.

Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni will already form the heart of their midfield for the next decade or so, and someone like Bellingham can add immeasurable quality and competition to it.

That said, Madrid already know about the competition they will face in pursuit of the Englishman, and have set an upper price limit for his signing, according to a report published by SPORT.

They are not ready to offer anything more than what they paid for Tchouameni in the summer – €80 million + €20 million. That is far from what Borussia Dortmund want for the midfielder, though.

The Yellow and Black have valued the English midfielder around €150 million, nearly double what they received for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland individually.

Madrid are not along in the race for Bellingham, either. Previous reports have quoted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that any of them apart from Chelsea will want to shell out €150 million on one player.

Bellingham has been in incredible form this season, and also has three goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga to back his performances up. The 19-year-old has been unplayable in the Champions League, too, with four goals and an assist in five games.

As England geared up to face Iran for the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup, the Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 35th minute. If he can maintain his form, it seems unlikely that BVB will budge from their asking price.

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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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