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Real Madrid trio set for training return today, could be available for Valladolid clash



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As the restart of the La Liga season edges closer, Real Madrid are set to receive a fresh triple boost with regard to their squad today.

According to MARCA, the trio of Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes will rejoin training with Real Madrid later today and could make themselves available for the fixture against Real Valladolid on Friday.

Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius were part of the Brazil national team squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but were thwarted by Morocco in the tournament.

The Real Madrid trio were eliminated on December 9 and are now poised to rejoin training with the club after a 16-day vacation during which they have had time to put behind the disappointment of the World Cup and recharge their batteries.

It means, Ancelotti has almost recovered all his players following the World Cup, apart from the trio of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric who might not return in time to feature against Valladolid on Friday night.

However, as for the Brazilian trio, there is a good chance that they will be available for the match and two of them could even start at Estadio Jose Zorrilla, as per the report.

Militao might not be pushed to feature by Ancelotti, given that there are plenty of options available for him in the defensive department. However, the same cannot be said of the attacking unit.

At the moment, the manager only has Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio as the two forwards he counts on, with Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard not a major part of his plans.

While Federico Valverde is also available, his services might be needed in midfield, increasing the possibility that either Vinicius or Rodrygo or both could be part of the starting XI for Real Madrid against Valladolid.

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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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