Real Madrid face a stiff test midweek as they will take on Paris-Saint Germain in a must-win game. Los Blancos trail by a goal after the first leg, and must win against the French outfit by at least two goals at the Bernabeu.
However, all is not well at Pochettino’s camp ahead of the Champions League clash. As officially confirmed by the Ligue 1 club on their website and social media, both Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera will miss the clash against Real Madrid.
Since his move to PSG on a free transfer, Ramos has had little continuity. The Real Madrid legend has been under pressure with repeated injuries and is still not fit to play. It is a shame, for his return to the Bernabeu was much anticipated.
Herrera, on the other hand, is suffering from an attack of conjunctivitis and will train on his own until the end of the week.
It is not only the visitors who suffer from the absence of starts for the game on Wednesday. Carlo Ancellotti will be without the serviced of Casemiro and Ferland Mendy on the night owing to suspensions.
To rub salt into the wounds, Toni Kross too is doubtful for the clash in Madrid after his recovery failed to progress as expected.
Kylian Mbappe suffered an injury in training but is expected to start on the night nevertheless. With both managers missing key players, the clash is set to become altho more unpredictable.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
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.