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Fringe Real Madrid star to be given more minutes after starring display vs Mallorca

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After going 1-0 down midway through the first half against RCD Mallorca, Real Madrid showed resilience and determination to pull off a comeback and rout their opponents 4-1.

While the goalscorers stole the limelight, some players went under the radar despite game-changing performances. One such star was Dani Ceballos.

And according to AS (h/t RM4Arab), the Spaniard will have many minutes under Carlo Ancelotti in the upcoming games after his display against the team from the Balearic islands.

The midfielder has reportedly gained the respect of the manager and captains with his hard work. In the game against Mallorca, he showed that he deserves to be in the starting lineup regularly.

Last season, Ceballos made only 11 appearances for Real Madrid. In his 275 minutes of action, he failed to make any goal contributions.

The midfielder was on the club’s departure list for a long time in the summer transfer window. However, his move away from the Bernabeu did not materialise.

In his first start of the season on Sunday, Ceballos completed 91% of his passes and got an assist. He made four key passes and completed three successful dribbles, while also having a shot saved.

Defensively, he was on point with 14 duels won and three tackles. His press resistance and creative vision made him one of the most important players in the first half.

Ceballos will compete with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchoumeni and Federico Valverde for a starting spot in midfield. While he is not high in the pecking order, the tight schedule almost guarantees him minutes in the coming weeks. 

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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