Real Madrid may be quiet in the transfer market, but the club offices continue to work day and night. Facilitating departures has been the primary objective, with player renewals being a close second.
One player who seemed set to leave the club was Dani Ceballos. The Spaniard’s lack of minutes last season pushed him to look for an exit but such an opportunity did not arise despite his agent’s best efforts.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are now considering the option of renewing Ceballos’ contract. The club will discuss the possibility with the 26-year-old in the coming days.
For what it’s worth Carlo Ancelotti has always been a strong advocate of the midfielder’s continuity. However, Ceballos wants to push his way into the Spanish national team ahead of the World Cup and wants guaranteed minutes this season.
Having missed the first half of the season due to injury, the 26-year-old made only 11 appearances for the men in white last year, averaging four defensive actions per game. Further, he failed to register any goal contributions too.
Ceballos’ current deal stands to run out in the summer of 2023, implying that the club risk losing him on a free transfer next year if they do not process the renewal.
If he stays, he will face competition not only from the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos but also the young generation including Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni.
Needless to say, a move away from the Bernabeu would improve his chances if featured in the World Cup. However, as things stand, that seems unlikely, with a contract extension seemingly on the cards for Ceballos.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.