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‘You go, you ask, they say no’ – Real Madrid’s stance on France players’ Olympics participation



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With the season done and dusted, Real Madrid will focus on the season ahead. The Spanish champions, fresh from a 2-0 victory in the Champions League final, are already expected to sign Kylian Mbappe today.

However, before Real Madrid shift focus to next season, the club have appeared quite sensitive about allowing its players to participate in a slew of international tournaments that await us in the coming summer.

Real Madrid have been particularly hostile to requests from international footballing bodies to have their players feature in two separate international tournaments.

It must be noted that the Olympics will be held in Paris this summer, meaning several players will be eligible to feature in both the Olympics and Euro 2024 or Copa America.

Real Madrid, though, have made it clear that they will not allow their players to feature in multiple international tournaments, despite several requests from France and other countries.

Soon set to be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Thierry Henry on Real Madrid’s refusal

In fact, France’s U21 head coach, Thierry Henry has recently revealed that Real Madrid were rather clear in their feedback when asked about their players to feature in both the Olympics and Euro 2024.

“Real Madrid were really straightforward about the Olympics,” Henry said (h/t Madrid Zone). “The last time I received so many rejections was at the University. There have not even been negotiations. You go, you ask, they say no and you leave.”

Among all the other nations, France has been pushing the most when it comes to having some of Real Madrid’s first-team stars available for the Olympics.

It must be noted that the Olympics will be held in Paris, thus the presence of star players such as Kylian Mbappe and Aurelien Tchouameni could raise many more eyebrows.

It was earlier reported that even French President Emmanuel Macron could consider tempting Mbappe to play in the Olympics. But as things stand, Real Madrid retain a strong stance and are unlikely to allow any of its players to feature in the Olympics, let alone Mbappe.

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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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