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Real Madrid will demand €170 million for forward amid Manchester City interest

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Earlier this week, the statements made by Real Madrid forward Rodrygo made some waves as the Brazilian hinted at the possibility of a departure.

“Yes, well, you never know, I have a contract, but the years I have been here have been a pleasure for me. I always want to stay, but we’ll see,” he said.

While Rodrygo’s entourage was quick to dismiss the possibility of a departure, there does remain a possibility that the 23-year-old might ask to leave if his prominence takes a hit in light of Kylian Mbappe’s arrival.

Manchester City interested

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that Premier League champions Manchester City are interested in acquiring the services of Rodrygo from Real Madrid.

As per the report, Man City manager Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Brazilian attacker’s style of play and would be open to adding him to the squad.

Rodrygo has opened the door for an exit. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Other clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain also hold an interest in Rodrygo.

However, luring him away from Real Madrid could be a huge challenge in the financial sense despite the riches of the aforementioned teams.

Real Madrid would demand €170 million

Indeed, as per the report, Real Madrid will seek a mammoth transfer fee of €170 million (including variables) in case Rodrygo does ask to leave the club.

After all, Los Blancos renewed the Brazilian international’s contract only in November last year, getting him to renew his deal until the summer of 2028.

For now, Rodrygo is understood to be happy and focused at Real Madrid, but as he mentioned in his statement, the situation could change.

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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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