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Official: 17-year-old Real Madrid new arrival named in UCL squad, will wear #36

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Real Madrid have confirmed their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League and new signing Iker Bravo has been included in the list.

Real Madrid had 23 of the 25 slots in the squad filled with first-team stars which left two spots open for someone from the Castilla squad to be picked.

Carlo Ancelotti had three options for the two slots in question in the form of Vinicius Tobias, who joined the club last January and summer arrivals Iker Bravo and Noel Lopez.

While youth players are usually eligible to be registered on List B of the UEFA squad, the aforementioned trio were ineligible to feature on that list due to the fact that they have not been at the club for more than three years.

And, as per the information from UEFA’s official website, Real Madrid have opted to enter Bravo and Tobias on list A of the squad to fill out the 25-man requirement. Bravo will be donning the #36 kit while Tobias will be wearing #37.

Bravo joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, arriving on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. The 17-year-old is held in high regard within the club, with Los Blancos beating arch-rivals Atletico Madrid to his signing.

While he will be a part of Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit, Bravo will hope to get some minutes with the senior team given that there are no backup options in the No. 9 role for Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid have been drawn in Group F of the Champions League and will start their campaign this Tuesday night against Scottish champions Celtic.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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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.

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