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Real Madrid Target Fabian Ruiz puts Napoli Contract Talks on Hold

The Spaniard has been a target for the club for over a year.

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Fabian Ruiz, the 23-year-old Spanish midfielder who transferred from Real Betis to Napoli in 2018, has consistently performed as one of the best midfielders in Serie A. The powerful, athletic, yet elegant player has been a staple in Spain’s midfield with both Luis Enrique and Robert Moreno. Ruiz can be characterized as a box to box center midfielder with a powerful left foot.

Per a report in Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo, Fabian Ruiz’s agent has revealed that his client has put contract talks on hold with Napoli. The Spaniard is expected to make a decision on his future this summer with both Real Madrid and Barcelona heavily interested in his services. Liverpool are also rumored to be interested in the midfielder.

After playing against Fabian Ruiz in the Europa League, Hoffenheim midfielder Samassekou was emphatic about the Napoli midfielder’s quality: “The hardest player to play against was Fabian Ruiz of Napoli, even if he is perhaps not so well known.

“It was incredibly difficult to defend against him because he is extremely agile and only ever needs two touches.

“I sometimes try to show my friends why it’s so hard to defend. I’ve played against a lot of good teams and players, but people will be talking a lot about Ruiz in the next few years.” he told Goal and Spox.

Transfers will be impacted by the Corona virus as clubs revenues have plummeted during this break without football. Fabian Ruiz is expected to cost around €80 - €100 million, will Madrid and Barcelona still pursue with such a hefty price tag? If contract talks are placed on hold and the midfielder pushes for a move, there could be a chance to see his price move down to a more favorable valuation.

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