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‘We have treated him as if he were our youngest son’ – Joselu assures ‘great future’ for Real Madrid youngster

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Real Madrid forward Joselu shared his high praise for teammate Arda Guler, calling him a “diamond of a player” after Real Madrid’s 4-4 draw against Villarreal in their penultimate game of the La Liga season. 

He mentioned that the whole team treats Guler ‘like their little son’, showing their affection and support for the young talent.

“He is a talent, a diamond that we have,” said Joselu as quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“I think we have taken good care of him throughout the year. He didn’t get off to a good start with injuries but we have all supported him. 

“We have treated him as if he were our youngest son, especially the older players. He is showing the quality he has, which is nothing new. 

Guler showcased his skills during a thrilling 4-4 draw against Villarreal, where he scored two impressive goals. This performance brought his total to six goals in just ten La Liga matches this season. 

Speaking further, Joselu added that he sees a great future for Guler and his qualities will bring immense joy to Real Madrid fans.

“He is a boy who has a great future ahead of him and he is going to bring a lot of joy to Real Madrid fans.”

Joselu’s take on the match

On the same night, Joselu added to his own impressive record by scoring a goal, bringing his season total to 18 goals.

Joselu has scored 18 goals for Real Madrid this season. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

After the match, the Espanyol forward reflected on the game and various other topics. He admitted that while Real Madrid played an excellent first half, Villarreal’s strong determination and fighting spirit turned the game around in the second half.

“I think the first half was very good. The team was very accurate offensively. These matches help us to prepare for what’s coming in two weeks and for everyone to have that spark of freshness and rhythm. 

“In the second half, they had a lot at stake and it was certainly a very good game for the spectators. We have to take advantage of the positive things and move forward,” he explained.

A career-best return for Joselu

Meanwhile, Joselu also expressed his joy at scoring 18 goals for Real Madrid this season. He hopes to continue this streak and contribute even more to the team’s success in the future. 

“I’m happy because every time I score a goal with this shirt it is special. 

“For my account, I’m very happy, it has helped me to get a point here, although it’s clear that you want to score goals to win games. I’m happy to contribute and keep scoring goals,” he said.

The 34-year-old forward concluded by saying that he hopes matches like these will act as a positive catalyst for the team as they prepare for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

“It is clear that it is not a good taste to concede four goals. But these games now, in which we play with the feeling of preparing for what is coming in two weeks, can be like that. 

“They had a lot more at stake. The squad has done a great job from start to finish. Let’s hope that these league matches will help us prepare 100% for that great final.”

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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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