In an interesting turn of events, Cristiano Ronaldo has, once again, offered his services to Real Madrid, as reported by SPORT. The Manchester United striker is facing the sack at Old Trafford, and could become a free agent as early as January.
This comes on the back of his interview with Piers Morgan, where has openly admitted that he does ‘not respect Erik ten Hag’, while also dumping on Manchester United’s sporting facilities, and the lack of etiquette from his teammates.
Madrid meanwhile, are dealing with Karim Benzema’s injury, who is now set to miss the World Cup after picking up a knock in training for France. Ronaldo’s entourage jumped on the opportunity and have submitted a six-month proposal to Madrid.
Benzema has been struggling with fitness all season, and has only participated in 50% of the total league games (7/14) so far.
Carlo Ancelotti has chosen to deploy Rodrygo in Benzema’s striker role, but to mixed success so far.
Napoli and Sporting Lisbon are two of the other teams considering a move for the Portuguese, while Chelsea are keeping tabs from within England given their poor goalscoring form.
Ronaldo is more than open to a return to Madrid, which is further boosted by Jorge Mendes’ friendly relationship with the club.
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.