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Exit-linked Real Madrid midfielder now close to renewing contract for three years



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It is no secret that Real Madrid want Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez to stay. The trio may not be starters under Carlo Ancelotti, but a team is far more than the eleven players fielded on the pitch.

All three players have been crucial for Los Blancos over the past year in their own right. The club’s focus earlier this week, thus, was to try and turn around their situations and coerce them to stay.

According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz, the Merengues’ mission has borne partial fruit. The futures of Nacho and Asensio still remain unclear and far away from Santiago Bernabeu. However, there is good news surrounding the midfielder.

According to the Spanish journalist, Ceballos is now close to renewing his contract. He has changed his stance after a recent meeting with Real Madrid and a new offer from the club.

The Copa del Rey champions’ latest proposal to Ceballos includes a three-year extension that will see him at the club until the age of 29, at least.

Yet, it was not only the improved terms but also the confidence transmitted in the player by the management that pioneered the turn of the tables.

Ceballos has been relatively regularly involved in Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign this season, participating in 29 of the team’s 37 games so far. In that duration, he has provided four assists, created one big chance, and averaged one key pass per game.

The 26-year-old will undoubtedly find it difficult to start next season, perhaps even more than the current campaign given Jude Bellingham’s impending transfer. Yet, it is Ceballos’ selfless and professional attitude that the club value, and he will have regular minutes off the bench should he opt to sign the renewal.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga



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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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