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Out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder to play an important role under Ancelotti next season



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Alejandro Alcazar from SPORT has reported that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is expected to play a significant role in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans for the next season after spending much part of the 2023/24 season on the bench..

It is no secret that Ceballos’s situation has drastically changed in just one year. Last summer, there were rumours about him leaving the club, with several teams showing interest in signing him. 

However, Real Madrid decided to extend his contract just a week before it was set to expire. It must be noted that he signed a new contract until 2027, which will keep him at the club until he is 30 years old.

 This new deal also included a salary increase, even though Real Madrid already had a surplus of midfielders like Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham. 

What changed for Ceballos?

Now, a year later, with Kroos having left the club and Modric’s role changing from a key player to someone who will act as second fiddle, Ceballos is expected to have a different and more important role in Ancelotti’s plans.

Dani Ceballos will play an important role under Ancelotti next season. (Photo by Maryam Majd/Getty Images)

One advantage he has is his deep understanding of the team’s style and what the coaching staff expects from him. He is familiar with his teammates, except for the new arrivals. 

While his last season was tough, as he struggled with injuries during the first part of the season, by the time he recovered, Ancelotti had already settled on his team and rotations, leaving Ceballos with very few opportunities to play.

Ceballos has proved his worth

Despite the limited playing time, Ceballos is a player of proven quality. Ancelotti has been working to address some of his weaknesses, such as holding onto the ball for too long, but recognises his talent and believes he can compete for a spot in Real Madrid’s midfield. 

Additionally, it is important to note that Ceballos is a product of Spanish football, which is a source of pride for the club.

In summary, Ceballos’s fortunes at Real Madrid have taken a positive turn. With Kroos gone and Modric’s role reduced, he is poised to become a central figure in Ancelotti’s strategy for the upcoming season. 

His understanding of the team and his proven skills make him a valuable asset, and he is ready to seize the opportunity to shine on the field.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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