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Zidane was ready to sacrifice Real Madrid icon to sign Kylian Mbappe in 2017 – report

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Real Madrid are enjoying a dream summer to this point. Days after winning the UEFA Champions League, Los Blancos have officially announced the signing of Kylian Mbappe as a free agent in what is one of the transfers of the decade.

The Frenchman’s move to Madrid has been on the cards for a long time now, but a plethora of factors prevented it from attaining fruition in recent years.

Now finally, Mbappe will play for his dream club and even headline their project for the future.

A story dating back six years

As relayed in a recent report by MARCA, the connection between Real Madrid and Mbappe goes back to June 2017 when Mbappe was still at Monaco.

After winning the Ligue 1 title with his club in France, the youngster was looking to make the jump to an elite side at just 18 years of age, and Real Madrid were one of the options on his table alongside PSG and Manchester City.

On June 14th 2017, representatives from the Spanish capital met the player’s father and then agent, Wilfried Mbappe.

They proposed a six-year contract with a salary of €7 million per season but could not provide him guaranteed minutes as a starter.

The big hurdle

The report adds that a few months after the meeting in Paris, Real Madrid struck an agreement with Monaco to sign the player for €180 million.

Zidane was ready to sacrifice Bale for Mbappe (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

While an agreement with his club was ready, they had not secured the green light from the player.

Mbappe’s demands of being a regular starter bore heavy on Los Blancos, and then manager Zinedine Zidane came under pressure to move players out to create space for the phenom.

The French legend gave the go-ahead to sell Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and was even willing to sell Gareth Bale that summer to accommodate Mbappe.

Manchester United, then coached by Jose Mourinho, made some moves to sign the Welshman but ultimately they did not materialize into a formal offer.

With a regular spot not available, Mbappe’s entourage agreed on a deal with PSG who were willing to meet all the player’s conditions. Six years later, destiny now brings the World Cup winner home and thus marks a new era in the story of Real Madrid.

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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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