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La Liga club not giving up on free transfer pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder

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According to AS, Real Betis still remain interested in signing former midfielder Dani Ceballos when his contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.

Ceballos came through the ranks at Real Betis and was regarded as one of the most talented young midfielders in Spain when he made the move to Madrid in the summer of 2017.

The 26-year-old did not get enough opportunities early in his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu and spent two seasons out on loan at Arsenal. Upon returning in 2021, Ceballos was not a regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

But, slowly and steadily, the midfielder has shown that he can be a valuable commodity in the team, especially with his performances this season in the post-World Cup period.

In 24 games this term, Ceballos has scored a goal and set up six more, with his performance against Elche earlier this week being a standout.

Owing to his recent form, Real Madrid are now considering offering the Spaniard a new contract, with his current one expiring at the end of the season.

But, with still no move made on that front, Real Betis are monitoring the situation closely as they remain interested in re-signing Ceballos on a Bosman deal in the summer.

In fact, the report from AS even adds that Los Verdiblancos made their first financial and sporting proposal to the midfielder recently, but he remains keen on how things go for him with Real Madrid in the remainder of the season.

As iterated earlier, Ceballos has been gaining prominence in Ancelotti’s plans in recent months and has repaid the faith with some solid displays. With Luka Modric’s continuity up in the air, it could become important for the Merengues to keep hold of the Spaniard.

Ceballos has maintained that he wants to continue at Real Madrid. But if a renewal offer does not arrive, Real Betis are waiting in the wings while Inter Milan are said to be interested as well.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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