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2 spots, 3 options: Real Madrid have until midnight to submit 25-man UCL squad list

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Following the culmination of the summer transfer window, teams participating in the UEFA Champions League have until midnight of September 2, i.e., today, to submit their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the competition.

And, current trophy holders Real Madrid have all but two slots filled on their list for the competition. Indeed, as reported by AS, Carlo Ancelotti has two vacant spots left on the squad list for the Champions League and will need to decide between three players to fill them.

The three players in contention to occupy those slots, as per the report, are Vinicius Tobias, Noel Lopez and Iker Bravo – all of whom are currently part of the Real Madrid Castilla team.

While players from the subsidiary side can be named on the B list of the Champions League squad, the players need to have been at the club for at least three years to be included on that list.

However, Tobias has been at the club only since January while Lopez and Bravo have signed for Los Blancos only during the summer transfer window.

Hence, if Real Madrid wish to include them in their plans for the Champions League, the trio would have to be named on the A list of the squad, which has only two spots open.

Both Lopez and Bravo are strikers with great potential and considering the lack of backup options for Karim Benzema in the first-team squad, they could be good choices for manager Ancelotti.

Alternatively, Vinicius Tobias cannot be used in La Liga as the three non-EU spots in the squad have been taken up. So, the Champions League would be the only avenue for him to get any minutes with the first-team, although both Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are ahead of him in the pecking order.

It will be interesting to see who, if any of the three, Ancelotti decides to name in the 25-man list which needs to be submitted by midnight today.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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