Real Madrid have made the trip to Balaidos to take on Celta Vigo for matchday 2 of La Liga. After opening the season with a 1-2 win over Almeria, Los Blancos will be hoping for a much smoother matchday experience.
Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, hoping to maintain his first clean sheet of the season, and is guarded by Eder Militao and David Alaba in the heart of the defence. Daniel Carvajal takes his place on the right of the back-four, with Ferland Mendy on the opposite side.
With Casemiro off to Manchester United, Aurelien Tchouameni comes in at defensive midfield, flanked by Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric on either side of the midfield trident.
The attack features a trio, as well. Karim Benzema spearheads the team, hoping to open his account for the season. He got an accidental assist against Almeria, but his performance was far from ideal.
Federico Valverde starts on the right-wing, as he has so often this season. Vinicius Jr rounds off the starting lineup on the left side.
Vinicius · Benzema · Valverde
Camavinga · Tchouameni · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal
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.