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Real Madrid will not sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are in advanced negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the signing of Jude Bellingham. With talks proceeding in the right direction, it appears to be only a matter of time before an official announcement is made.

The Englishman’s transfer to Santiago Bernabeu would be one of the summer transfer window’s biggest moves. After all, Los Blancos are expected to shell out over €100 million for the protege.

Yesterday, reports suggested that the Merengues could do one better and go after Kylian Mbappe in addition to Bellingham in June. The headlining news unsurprisingly took the world of football by storm.

Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito, however, stands firmly against the claims made yesterday. He reports that Real Madrid will not negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain this summer and will thus not sign Mbappe.

A part of the reason involved could have to do with the economics. The overall operation to bring both players to Spain could cost in excess of €250 million, a number high by any standards for a single transfer window.

After all, Los Blancos have positions like full-back and the right-wing that need more urgent signings.

More importantly, Eden Hazard’s decision to stay at the club could affect Real Madrid’s planning for next season. The Belgian is the team’s highest earner and it might be steep for the club to sign two players on high salaries while he is still around.

Florentino Perez could thus return to the market in pursuit of Mbappe next summer when Hazard is out of contract.

If completed, the move would unite Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga and set up one of world football’s most daunting young cores.

Mbappe has scored 24 goals and provided four assists in just 30 Ligue 1 appearances this season. He averages 1.6 key passes per game and has created 15 big chances.

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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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