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Real Madrid tracking Brazilian prodigy since 2021, face Premier League competition

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Real Madrid have established a solid reputation for nurturing South American talents, with the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde enjoying immense success at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent years.

Real Madrid also splurged big on exciting Brazilian talent Endrick earlier in the season. The youngster is set to arrive in Bernabeu in 2024 when he turns 18.

But Endrick was not the last target for Real Madrid as they look to further strengthen the presence of South American talents in the squad. One of their top targets in the region is Matheus Franca.

According to Diario AS, Real Madrid are one of many clubs keeping tabs on Franca, who currently plies his trade for Flamengo. The reigning European champions have been following the young playmaker’s progress since 2021.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Franca is part of Flamengo’s first team. He has featured in 43 competitive appearances for the Brazilian outfit, racking up eight goals.

Flamengo, though, have appeared very reluctant in offloading their star talent on a cut-price deal. They have already rejected €20 million offers from Bayer Leverkusen and Newcastle United in the past and have recently renewed the player’s contract until 2027.

Franca’s current deal includes a hefty release clause of €200 million, making it even harder for Real Madrid to even consider a move for the player. Although Flamengo are open to negotiations, it is unlikely that the Brazilian would sell the player for cheap.

Another issue for Real Madrid is the growing competition for Franca’s services. Crystal Palace have become the latest entrant in the race to sign the young Brazilian, who has been courted by other European clubs such as Olympique Lyon, Leverkusen and Newcastle United.

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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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