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World Cup star linked with Real Madrid has given ‘green light’ to Chelsea move – Romano

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Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements. The Spanish giants, after all, are facing a battle to convince Toni Kroos to prolong his stay at the club while Luka Modric is only expected for a period of up to one more year.

Dani Ceballos is expected to leave the club as well, with his contract expiring at the end of the season. This has accentuated the need for a new midfielder, who can strengthen the ranks in the middle of the park.

Real Madrid have been linked with a host of players lately, including Argentina’s World Cup hero Enzo Fernandez. The youngster is one of two players the club are seriously considering making a move in 2023, with Jude Bellingham being the other.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Fernandez has been edging closer to a potential move to Chelsea. The Premier League giants have been monitoring the youngster’s performance ever since his heroics in the World Cup and have made initial steps to lure him away from SL Benfica.

Romano suggests Fernandez has already given his ‘green light’ for a move to Stamford Bridge. The contract for personal terms should not be a problem for the Argentine, who was awarded the Best Young Player of the Tournament at the World Cup.

Fernandez does have a €120 million release clause embedded in his Benfica contract, but Chelsea have offered different terms. It is now up to Benfica to reach an agreement with the Blues and it will come as a surprise to see the deal to gather pace in the coming days.

Benfica coach Roger Schmidt is already considering whether or not he should start Fernandez in tonight’s game against SC Braga.

Fernandez’s potential move to Chelsea is unlikely to come as a major blow for Real Madrid as the Spanish champions are in a good position to land their priority target in the form of Bellingham.

The Whites have reportedly set aside €130 million for the Borussia Dortmund starlet, who is favouring a move to the Spanish capital ahead of return to England, amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City.

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  1. Howard

    December 31, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Sure Chelsea offered more money. They have a history of throwing money at players to get them. No financial discipline

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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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