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Real Madrid young duo will see an increase in game-time after Toni Kroos’ exit

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Real Madrid will be bidding farewell to one of the greatest players to have donned the jersey in Toni Kroos at the end of the season.

The midfield legend confirmed earlier today that he will be retiring from football at the end of the UEFA Euro 2024, meaning he only has two more games left as a Los Blancos player.

A mainstay in the side despite his advanced age, Kroos will be a huge miss for Carlo Ancelotti & co. from next season.

More minutes for Camavinga, Guler

However, as per MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid do not intend to sign a new midfielder to replace Kroos in the summer.

Instead, the young duo of Arda Guler and Eduardo Camavinga will stand to receive more minutes in the upcoming campaign once the veteran icon has stepped down.

Saying goodbye. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Camavinga has not started many games when Real Madrid have had a fully fit midfield this season as Ancelotti has often preferred the trio of Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Toni Kroos as starters.

But once Kroos moves on, it should open the doors for Camavinga to have more involvement, while Guler, who has shown his pedigree in recent weeks, would also stand to get more minutes in the coming season.

Not long ago, it was speculated that Kroos would actually sign a new contract and continue for one more season, along with his partner in crime, Luka Modric.

But, the German icon has decided it is the right time for him to call time on his career, paving the way for youngsters like Camavinga and Guler to play more.

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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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