The UEFA ceremony recently came to a conclusion, and needless to say, it was dominated by last season’s champions Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema, in particular, was voted UEFA Player of the Year after a stellar campaign that saw him score 15 goals in the Champions League last season.
The Frenchman had indeed played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s successful 2022/23 campaign, notably starring in comeback wins against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
While Benzema bagged the POTY, Carlo Ancelotti was handed the Coach of the Year title for helping Real Madrid restore their lost glory by winning the Champions League and La Liga titles.
The Italian’s masterful man-management coupled with his experience in handling pressure cooker situations were vital in giving Los Blancos the edge in all the tough knockout matches in the Champions League last season.
Ancelotti, who has now bagged four Champions League titles during his coaching career, will be hoping to maintain his success in the 2022/23 season.
Real Madrid have been drawn against RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic in the Champions League draw, with the European champions set to kickstart their continental campaign in the first week of September.
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.