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Atletico Madrid table contract offer for soon-to-be-free Real Madrid star

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Dani Ceballos has emerged as one of the rising stars in Spanish football since the turn of the year. After being restricted to a sporadic role in the Real Madrid first-team during the first half of the campaign, the midfielder has enjoyed a brilliant turnaround and has featured in all of the club’s recent matches.

In light of his turnaround, clubs across Europe have been alerted, especially with Ceballos’ contract at Real Madrid expiring at the end of the season.

According to MARCA, Ceballos has become a subject of interest from Real Madrid’s direct rivals Atletico Madrid, who are keen on making the midfielder a part of the club’s first-team setup from next season onwards.

The Colchoneros are understood to have already sent an offer to Ceballos, who will be a free agent this summer.

Other than Atleti, clubs such as Aston Villa and AC Milan have shown the desire to sign the former Arsenal starlet in the coming summer. The player, for his part, is aware of the interest, but he has refused to make a decision on his future just yet.

Ceballos is holding out for a prolonged stay at Real Madrid. The club themselves have shown an interest in offering the midfielder a contract renewal. But they are not prepared to hand him the role of an undisputed starter anytime soon.

Real Madrid only consider Ceballos a good squad player, but whether or not that will be enough to convince the midfielder to stay at Santiago Bernabeu remains to be seen.

The player, though, has refused a move to Aston Villa as he does not want to return to the Premier League, after having spent two years on loan at Arsenal.

Ceballos has not shown any desire to join Milan either as he wants to remain in Spain. This is where Atletico Madrid’s interest in the player gets all the more exciting.

Although the player has made it clear that he wants to continue at Bernabeu, the prospects of regular game-time could prove to be tempting for the Spaniard, especially in his current vein of form.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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