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Official: Real Madrid midfielder suffers thigh injury in pre-season training



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Only four days into pre-season training, Real Madrid have suffered their first casualty as midfielder Dani Ceballos has picked up a thigh injury, the club have confirmed.

“After the tests carried out on our player Dani Ceballos by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the distal tendon of the right femoral biceps muscle. Evolution pending,” the official statement from the club read.

Ceballos’ injury comes at an unfortunate time given that the Spaniard would have been hoping to make a strong impression during the pre-season amidst intense competition for places in midfield.

The 26-year-old midfielder signed a new contract with the club this summer, extending his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2027.

Ceballos’ previous deal was about to expire on June 30 and the Spanish ace decided to renew with the club after giving it a long thought.

It has been reported that manager Carlo Ancelotti had given his word to Ceballos that he would have a prominent role in the team, which played a key part in his decision to sign a new deal with the club.

With Real Madrid signing Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler, while also renewing both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, and the growing importance of Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga, Ceballos has plenty of competition to face for the starting spot in midfield.

And, the injury this early in pre-season could have an impact on his chances, depending on the time he spends on the sidelines.

An update from journalist Alberto Pereiro claims that Ceballos could be out for a period of four to six weeks, which would mean he will miss the entire pre-season and potentially the start of the new campaign as well. Certainly a blow or the midfielder.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings




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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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