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Ancelotti pushes Real Madrid for the signing of Napoli midfielder

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The trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos has dominated world football for the past decade. The combination will undoubtedly go down as one of the most feared midfield trios of all time, winning back to back Champions League titles.

However, all three players are now on the wrong side of 30 and cracks have begun to appear in their game. The best example is the recent Clasico where Barcelona’s young midfield completely undid Real Madrid.

One of the priorities heading into the summer transfer window is to strengthen the middle of the park. The idea is to look for a versatile player who can cover a multitude of positions if required.

According to reports from SPORT vis Fichajes, Carlo Ancelotti has identified Fabian Ruiz as the ideal candidate. He is a staunch admirer of the Spanish midfielder and has asked for his signing numerous times before.

The former Real Betis star is seen as a player capable of playing in all three midfield positions. Moreover, his good eye for long balls and his composure in the final third make him the perfect piece to fit in Ancelotti’s side.

The Italians had set an €80 million price tag on their star last year, but the situation has now changed. Ruiz could be available for a fee of €40-50 million based on the variables included and comes at a bargain.

In 23 starts in Serie A this season, the 25-year-old has scored six goals and provided three assists. He has created three big chances and averages 1.2 key passes per game.

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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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