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Real Betis have activated operation to sign Real Madrid midfielder



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With Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos set to become a free agent at the end of the season, his former club Real Betis have set the wheels in motion to re-sign him in the summer of 2023, reports Diario AS.

Regarded as one of the finest products of the Betis youth setup, Ceballos was snapped up by Real Madrid in the summer of 2017. However, the midfielder struggled for game-time at the Bernabeu owing to the presence of elite stars like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

Eventually, Ceballos spent two seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning last year, when he was expected to be sold, only for an injury to put an end to those plans.

Having recovered from his injury, the Spaniard played a role, albeit a small one, in Real Madrid’s La Liga and UEFA Champions League double last season. There were rumours about an exit once again this past summer, with Real Betis showing an interest.

However, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to keep hold of him, with Ceballos also indicating he was happy to stay. While he has not featured regularly enough, the midfielder has done well when given a chance and has earned the trust of the manager.

Despite that, Real Madrid are yet to open talks over a new deal for the Spanish ace. And as things stand, he will become a free agent next year. And, Real Betis are already working on re-signing their former ace as a free agent.

As per the report, Los Verdiblancos have already taken the first steps and made several approaches to explore the possibility of the transfer next summer.

At 26, Ceballos is at a crucial juncture in his career and feels that he needs to be playing regularly. And he has previously hinted that he would be open to returning to Betis if an opportunity arrived.

Currently out with an injury, the midfielder is unlikely to play until next month, which has put his chances of earning a spot in the Spain squad for the FIFA World Cup in jeopardy. As for his future, only time will tell how things pan out.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025



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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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