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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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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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