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Real Madrid young striker garnering interest from La Liga rivals

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Juanmi Latasa, a product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, was loaned to Getafe in 2022 after impressing with the club’s Castilla team in the season before.

Having been out on loan at Getafe for the past two seasons, Latasa’s future is now a topic of interest as he nears the end of his Real Madrid contract.

Entering Betis’ crosshairs

Now, MARCA (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has come out to shed light on the striker’s situation, claiming that his future is a topic of interest for Real Betis’ sports management as they plan for the upcoming season.

Latasa’s Real Madrid contract is set to expire in one year. In a league match against Cadiz during the 2021/22 season, he made his debut with the first team under coach Carlo Ancelotti.

He has participated in 57 official games for Getafe over the past two seasons, netting seven goals in 2,385 minutes of action. But now a move to Betis is gaining traction.

Juanmi Latasa could leave Real Madrid permanently. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Ayoze Perez, Cédric Bakambu, Juanmi, Borja Iglesias, Chimy Avila, Assane Diao, and Willian Jose are Real Betis’s current forward-line possibilities.

Bakambu is scheduled to return from injury in September or October. But for the last four, especially Borja Iglesias and Juanmi, who do not seem to be in coach Manuel Pellegrini’s long-term plans, Betis are open to accepting offers.

Consequently, a great deal of activity is expected in this area, and Latasa’s name is among those being considered.

With Real Madrid stacked with options up front, a return to the club appears unfeasible. After all, they will soon welcome Kylian Mbappe and Endrick to their ranks, while already boasting several quality forwards.

As such, pushing through Latasa’s sale before his contract expires would be on the club’s agenda.

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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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