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Real Madrid target dubbed the ‘new Sadio Mane’ closing in on Ligue 1 move

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Real Madrid have invariably kept tabs on top prospects in the world of football, with the cultivation of talent becoming a strategy that has become increasingly associated with Los Blancos.

As their recruitment strategy in recent years has shown, Real Madrid tends to keep a close eye on rising talents. The signings of Vinicius Jr, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Bellingham, Arda Guler and soon Endrick provide an insight into their approach in the transfer market.

As such, the Merengues were seen tailing another young prospect on the ascendancy, who goes by the name of Amara Diouf.

Touted as the next ‘Sadio Mane’, the Senegalese sensation recently made history by becoming the youngest player to debut for Senegal at just 15 years and 94 days.

Diouf has chosen his destination

As per Diario AS, in spite of interest from mega-heavyweights like Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, and Arsenal, Diouf will eventually be taking his talents to Ligue 1.

He presently plays for Generation Foot, a Senegalese club affiliated with the French club Metz.

“At 18, Amara will go to FC Metz. It is our partner club, which has helped launch the careers of many Senegalese people,” exclaimed Mady Touré, founder and president of Génération Foot.

Mane’s words of advice

While it may appear unusual for a youngster to turn down major clubs, which included the Royal Whites, Diouf seems to be taking things gradually and one step at a time.

Sadio Mane, who has made a name for himself on the European scene, offered advice that influenced the teenage prospect’s decision.

‘Follow my footsteps’ (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Sadio Mane, the player’s role mode, told Diafou: “Sign for Metz, you won’t regret it. I went through the third division with this team, and look where I am now. The big clubs will still be there if you don’t miss the stages”

Indeed, competition at big clubs is always rising, and thus the likelihood of regular minutes would be minimal.

However, if young Diouf proceeds to make history, it cannot be ruled out that Madrid will return to inquire about him.

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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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