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Report: Real Madrid captain will be called up for the EURO

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According to journalist Miguel Angel Diaz, via COPE, Real Madrid captain Nacho will be called up to Luis de la Fuente’s Spanish national team for the upcoming UEFA Euros in Germany.

Recently, there has been talk about Nacho and his chances of playing for Spain in the upcoming UEFA Euros in Germany. 

Nacho’s father, Chema Fernandez, seemed puzzled not long ago about his son’s situation with the national team, especially with the Euro 2024 approaching. 

Even as of today, there has been a bit of uncertainty about who will fill the centre-back positions for Spain, and Nacho’s name has been part of that discussion. 

Even though the defender led a successful Madrid team, some wondered why he did not make it to the World Cup squad as well.

Nacho will play at the Euros

Nacho will play for Spain at the Euros. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Word has it that De la Fuente has a list of 57 potential players for the Euros, but only 26 will make the final cut. 

The coach has let the players know they still have a shot at being included and encouraged them to give it their all in these final days of the domestic league.

The big announcement is coming in about 12 days, right after the league ends and just before the Champions League final. 

De la Fuente will announce the 26 players he has chosen. There has been some chatter about possibly selecting more players initially and then whittling down the list, but it seems De la Fuente is set on sticking with 26 from the get-go.

Meanwhile, it must be noted that Real Madrid have several players in contention, like Dani Carvajal, Nacho, and Joselu. They all stand a good chance of making the cut. 

As for Nacho, he is expected to complete the list of centre-backs for Spain that would also comprise Pau Cubarsi, Robin Le Normand and Aymeric Laporte.

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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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