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Out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder could be sold in summer if there is a good offer – report



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Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has mentioned that Real Madrid are not ruling out a transfer for out-of-favour midfielder Dani Ceballos, adding that if there is a good offer on the table, the Spaniard will be sold in the summer.

The outlet also mentions that since he is still 27 years of age, RealMadrid are expecting that there will be no shortage of suitors for at least one more year.

Ceballos, who spent two seasons on loan at Arsenal, has played just over 500 minutes of football this season, scoring a solitary goal across 19 appearances.

What is even more troubling is that out of those 19 appearances, the midfielder has started in a mere four matches.

Wasn’t Ceballos supposed to have a bigger role?

At the beginning of the 2023/24 season, Ancelotti affirmed that he is quite satisfied with Ceballos’s attitude which was one of the reasons why he was offered a new deal, signed until 2027.

Sadly enough, the 27-year-old has constantly struggled for fitness throughout the season, forcing him to miss almost two months of action, spread across the season, through various problems.

Dani Ceballos has started just four games for Real Madrid this season. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In all honesty, the Spaniard was expected to have a prominent role this season, but injury issues coupled with Ancelotti’s midfield preferences have forced him to take the backseat and nothing would change that for the rest of the season.

So what next?

The sooner Ceballos realises he does not have a place in the Real Madrid squad the better. The 27-year-old was initially expected to replace a certain Luka Modric, but the Croatian, himself, has now been replaced within the playing XI.

At present, Real Madrid are working on acquiring Kylian Mbappe, who is very close to joining, and in order comply with all the financial aspects, the team from the Spanish capital will need to generate income and Ceballos could prove to be a decent cash cow.

Considering that he has a contract until 2027, they can expect a decent transfer fee.

As far as suitors are concerned, Aston Villa were expected to make a move in January and given that he has already played in the Premier League, Unai Emery’s side might as well try their luck in the summer.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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