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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’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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