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Real Madrid unwilling to stump up €150 million to sign Liverpool target in 2023

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Jude Bellingham is all set to spark a major bidding war in the summer of 2023, with many top clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea vying for his signature from Borussia Dortmund.

Just 19 years of age, the Englishman has become one of the top midfielders in the game currently and has grown into a leader at Dortmund, even captaining the team on several occasions this season.

But the German giants are aware of the rising interest in the former Birmingham City ace and are reported to be preparing for a potential departure next year.

It is claimed that Borussia Dortmund will demand a price of around €150 million to sell Bellingham in the summer. But, according to SPORT, Real Madrid will be unwilling to match that valuation and instead look to land him for a lower figure closer to the €100 million mark.

The CIES football observatory recently valued Bellingham at a mammoth €202 million as per the report. And while such a price would be preposterous, Dortmund would want to make the most of the interest in the 19-year-old and rake in €150 million from his sale.

The fact that Bellingham does not have a release clause embedded in his contract and still has over two years left on it puts the Bundesliga heavyweights in a strong position as well.

Be that as it may, Real Madrid do not wish to pay over the odds for Bellingham and have no intentions to match the €150 million valuation as things stand.

Liverpool have been touted to be frontrunners to sign the England international in the past. But, Real Madrid believe that they are well within a shot of signing him and the final call will be up to the player on where he ends up.

With Luka Modric in the twilight of his career and Toni Kroos yet to renew as well, Real Madrid will need a new midfielder and Bellingham is seen as a top target. But the club will not spend €150 million to sign 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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