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Ancelotti wants Real Madrid midfielder to renew, but club unsure – report



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The future of Dani Ceballos at Real Madrid has been under a cloud of doubt for a while now. The Spanish midfielder has seen a resurgence in recent months but the administration are not convinced if his services are required for the next campaign.

According to reports from AS, Carlo Ancelotti has shown signs that he wants Ceballos to renew. However, the club is more cautious about the situation and will not take an impulsive decision.

At just 26 years of age, the Spaniard has his best years ahead of him and could theoretically form the core of Los Blancos’ midfield for years to come. With Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga performing at a high level, however, there are doubt as to whether he has a place in the team.

Ceballos has made 21 appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga this season, appearing as a starter on 11 occasions. He has provided two assists in that period and averages 1.1 key passes per game.

“I haven’t talked with Real Madrid about my extension. We have two interesting months ahead of us and I’m calm, it’s time to enjoy these two months.

“I would be making a mistake if I were to think about the extension, it’s time to enjoy football and take a step forward with Spain,” Ceballos told in an interview last month when asked about his future.

As expressed by the player, his future will indeed depend on his performance in the coming months. An impressive run at the business end of the season would almost ascertain the player of a longer future at Real Madrid.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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