Rotation is as big a part of a manager’s duty as is the tactical aspect of the game. An unhappy dressing room can seldom achieve greatness, even with the best ideologies.
So far, Carlo Ancelotti has been very conservative with his rotations. While the manager has indeed opened the doors for players like Eduardo Camavinga, he has kept a section of the dressing room completely out of the limelight.
According to reports from MARCA, that will no longer be the case. There is said to be a dramatic change in the mentality of players heading into the new season that will force the coach to alter his ways.
The Spanish publication report that the club captains are convinced that the best way to achieve goals is to unite the team. To ensure this, the role of substitutes will be no less than that of the starting XI.
With youngsters like Aurelien Tchouameni, Rodrygo Goes, and Eduardo Camavinga knocking on the door, veteran players will certainly see reduced playing time this season.
There is pressure on Ancelotti to ensure more rotations this season, but his word will be the final call for all decisions.
Of the veterans in the team, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Daniel Carvajal are the ones whose positions are under direct threat. Karim Benzema will continue to be a default starter unless the club sign a promising talent in the coming days.
Nevertheless, this comes as encouraging news for the likes of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde, who have not established themselves as regular starters under Ancelotti. A fresh start will give them a chance to show the manager their abilities.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
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.