Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is interested in signing Napoli midfield mainstay Stanislav Lobotka according to Italian journalist Valter de Maggio, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo.
Lobotka has been with Napoli since 2020, when he joined from La Liga club Celta Vigo. The 27-year-old has slowly grown into a permanent fixture in the centre of the park for the Partenopei and has been key to their Serie A title charge this season.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Lobotka has made 86 appearances for Napoli thus far, scoring two goals and setting up one more.
As per the report, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the Slovakian international and is keen on bringing him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“A little bird told me that Ancelotti wants Lobotka at Real Madrid,” said de Maggio, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
Real Madrid have a midfield unit brimming with quality even though they lost Casemiro this past summer. Aurelien Tchouameni has settled in well in the holding midfield role since arriving in the summer.
Along with him, Ancelotti also has the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. While the latter two are in the final phase of their respective careers, they are still going strong and could sign one-year renewals before the summer.
On top of that, Real Madrid have their sights firmly fixed on Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund as the final piece to complete their midfield transition.
So, quite how Ancelotti plans to fit Lobotka into his plans, if he is indeed interested in signing the Slovakian would be intriguing to see. He could be seen as a cover and competition for Tchouameni in the No. 6 slot.
The 27-year-old signed a new contract with Napoli in January, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2025. Whether there is genuine interest from Real Madrid’s part in signing Lobotka remains to be seen.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
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.