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Ancelotti has promised Real Madrid midfielder he will get more minutes next season

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According to a report from AS, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has promised Dani Ceballos that he will get more minutes in the upcoming campaign.

Ceballos was close to leaving Real Madrid this summer with his contract expiring on June 30. However, the 26-year-old opted to renew his deal and sign a new four-year contract with Los Blancos, committing his future until 2027.

One of the major concerns for the midfielder before signing a new contract was his role in the team. Ceballos had found regular game-time hard to come by in the last two seasons with the Merengues.

Even though he played in more than 40 games this past campaign, only 19 of them were starts in La Liga. He was behind Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, and Eduardo Camavinga in the pecking order at the club.

Now, big-money signing Jude Bellingham is also likely to slot in ahead of Ceballos, so concerns about his game-time are not unfounded. However, Ancelotti is understood to have promised him more minutes ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Given Kroos and Modric’s age, there is a chance that they will be used more judiciously by the manager, which should pave the way for Ceballos to gain more prominence in the team.

However, at the same time, the Spanish international’s entourage is not ruling out a loan exit from Real Madrid for the 2023/24 season. After all, Ceballos’ aim is to make it to the Spanish national team for the UEFA Euro 2024.

A spell away on loan before returning next year, when both Kroos and Modric might have potentially moved on, would certainly guarantee an increased role in the team for Ceballos.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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