Real Madrid’s options in the final third may appear bleak for next season, especially considering Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio’s impending exits.
With the two players very close to officially announcing their exit, the club are considering bringing back Brahim Diaz just to make up the numbers, with Mario Cortegana reporting that the player has no issues with a return.
Besides that, there will be no complications in the contract renewals of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, and both deals are expected to be official soon.
Another player who is close to renewing his deal with the club is Dani Ceballos. The midfielder is aware that he will not have many roles this season but sees a great opportunity to start and succeed regularly after next summer.
The Spaniard reportedly had one foot outside Real Madrid earlier this week and was negotiating with clubs who offered a regular starting role. However, the Merengues‘ re-entering the scene with a revised structure changed the game and secured Ceballos’ continuity.
In 29 La Liga appearances this season including 18 starts, the 26-year-old has provided four assists. He averages one key pass per game and has created just one big chance so far in the league.
With Jude Bellingham arriving in the summer, Ancelotti will have a gold mine of options in the middle of the park next season. After all, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Luka Modric, and the new signing are all capable of starting at the highest level.
All eyes will thus be on the Italian tactician come July. As Ancelotti guides his squad to the United States of America for preseason, identifying the optimal combination will be critical.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
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.”