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Real Madrid consider renewing the contract of 26-year-old Spanish international

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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.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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