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Spain star reveals admiration for Real Madrid veteran: “Another level”

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The story of Luis Enrique’s Spain side is truly inspiring. The manager came under severe criticism for omitting some of La Roja’s most in-form players from the World Cup Squad, but yet has produced the most dominant result in the first round in Qatar.

The centre of the new Spanish national team is indeed its rich mine of young talents. While the likes of Gavi and Pedri are already well in Spain through their club performances, Dani Olmo is a member of the team who has been largely out of the spotlight as he plays in the Bundesliga.

The versatile attacking midfielder was interviewed recently by AS, where he spoke about his career so far, the Spanish national team, the World Cup and several other topics.

The former Barcelona academy ace was asked about which team he liked the most after Spain. In response, Olmo named Croatia as one of his favourite teams because of Luka Modric, who is a reference for him.

“After Spain, I really like Croatia. Modric seems to me to be another level of player. How he interprets the game, his ball control…. He’s one of the players I look at now that I play as a midfielder, in more central positions. Modric is one of the references,” Olmo said.

Though the RB Leipzig star is a graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia, it is no surprise that he chose Real Madrid’s veteran star as his inspiration. After all, the Croat’s sheer quality and class supersedes all boundaries and serves as an inspiration to all fans of the sport.

Modric is currently in Qatar, leading the Croatian National Team’s campaign. His side drew their opening match against Morocco and face a tough test against Canada tomorrow.

The 37-year-old was the man of the match in his side’s curtain raiser and will look to dish out a similar performance against the North American side.

Meanwhile, Olmo scored in Spain’s 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica and is expected to start when Luis Enrique’s men take on Germany tomorrow.

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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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