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Spain boss Luis Enrique heaps praise on Real Madrid attacker: “Top player”

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Speaking on his Twitch stream, Spain manager Luis Enrique has hailed Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio after his fine performance for La Roja against Costa Rica earlier this week.

Asensio was one of the main protagonists for Spain as they thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 to begin their FIFA World Cup campaign with a bang. And the 26-year-old Real Madrid ace was on target, scoring a fine half-volley in the first period.

The Real Madrid winger has been deployed as a No. 9 by Enrique in recent matches for Spain and he has delivered in the role with his movement in the final third as well as his aggressive pressing from the front.

Considering that he was on the fringes of the Merengues’ setup not very long ago, the turnaround has been a great one for Asensio and Enrique has praised the forward, calling him a top player.

“Every time he has been with us he has shown the desire that everyone has, but also precision and individual quality beyond any doubt. Marco is a world top player,” Enrique said on his stream (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Talking about utilising Asensio in a central role, the Spain manager added: “We’ve worked with him on the things we wanted him to improve and he has done just that. When he plays as a ‘9’ he initiates the pressure and that requires effort and great responsibility.”

“It’s a pleasure to see how our six forwards press, they give us guarantees. Marco is a guarantee and he’s in great form for the World Cup,” the Spain manager further added.

Asensio’s future has been a topic of intense debate, with his contract at Real Madrid expiring at the end of the season. While it has been reported that Los Blancos are looking to renew his deal, arch-rivals Barcelona are also keeping an eye on his situation.

In fact, the Blaugrana’s midfield sensation Pedri opened the door for Asensio to make the switch to Spotify Camp Nou at the end of the season when he said:

“He has a lot of quality, let’s see what happens with his contract but all good players have to be at Barça. Let’s see what happens with his contract but he has plenty of qualities. It is a decision that he has to make.”

If Asensio continues to perform at this level during the World Cup, more and more suitors will line up to sign him in the summer.

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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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