In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s disappointing defeat to FC Barcelona in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup, there is a serious concern among the fans about the team’s drastic dip in form witnessed over the past few months.
At the same time, there are also question marks about the depth, or lack thereof, in the squad in certain positions. With Karim Benzema struggling with injuries, Real Madrid have no natural backup for him in the No. 9 role while Ferland Mendy is the solitary left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.
Reports earlier today suggested that the manager, who publicly maintains that he does not want any new players, had privately asked the club to sign a new striker and a full-back, only for it to be shot down by Los Blancos.
Building on that, AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) is now reporting that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has told the coaching staff to make the most of the current squad and utilise Castilla players instead of requesting new signings.
It must be noted that Ancelotti has pretty much frozen out the likes of Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz, Jesus Vallejo, and Eden Hazard this season and hardly counts on the quartet.
At the same time, the Italian has also been very reluctant to bring up players from the Castilla setup even though there are several prospects making a strong impression.
Sergio Arribas, for one, has been a bright spark for Raul Gonzalez’s side and has been knocking on the first-team door for a while now.
Vinicius Tobias is another player who could provide fresh legs in the right-back department, especially with Dani Carvajal struggling to perform at his best level, as was witnessed last night when he was outclassed by Barcelona’s 19-year-old left-back Alejandro Balde.
What seems to be clear is that Real Madrid will not be rushed into making panic buys in the January transfer window. So, it will be up to Ancelotti to make the most of the resources at his disposal and utilise the talent coming through the Castilla ranks more effectively.
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.