Real Madrid will be aiming to extend their perfect start to the new season when they take on RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in a little while. And manager Carlo Ancelotti has named his starting XI for the clash.
Thibaut Courtois starts in goal as the manager had confirmed in his press conference, after recovering from a knock.
There are a couple of changes in defence from the game against Celtic as Lucas Vazquez and Antonio Rudiger come in for Dani Carvajal and the injured Eder Militao, respectively. Ferland Mendy and David Alaba complete the back four for the reigning champions.
Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde form the midfield trifecta for Los Blancos, with Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni dropping out of the starting lineup. Kroos dons the captain’s armband for the game.
Finally, Eden Hazard starts as the No. 9 in the absence of Karim Benzema who is out with an injury. The Belgian international is flanked by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior in the frontline against Mallorca.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Ceballos, Kroos, Rodrygo, Hazard, Vinicius.
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.