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Real Madrid could miss out on top target next summer as Man City emerge as favourites



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Jude Bellingham is one of many players Real Madrid are targeting next year, as part of their plans to shore up their ranks and add more quality to the setup.

With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their twilight years, Real Madrid have found it imperative to add new faces to the midfield unit. Bellingham, to that end, has been identified as the ideal option due to his leadership qualities, potential and ability to perform at the highest level of football.

However, according to a report from Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are not the front-runner in the race to sign Bellingham next season.

The English journalist suggests Manchester City are in pole position to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet. The Premier League giants have a good relationship with Dortmund and the two parties had notably done business over Erling Haaland in the summer.

And Mike Keegan is claiming that initial talks over a move for the England international have already been held.

It is also worth pointing out that Bellingham shares a close relationship with Haaland and may fancy the opportunity to reunite with the Norwegian. So, Haaland may hold great sway over Bellingham’s decision, as far as his next club is concerned.

Manchester City potentially prevailing in the race to sign the English international could serve as a major blow for Real Madrid, who have made Bellingham their utmost priority for the next summer window.

Although the club have invested heavily on the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in recent years, Real Madrid still require a proper long-term replacement for Luka Modric next season.

However, all is not lost for Real Madrid just yet. The Merengues share a close relationship with Borussia Dortmund and if they can conjure up the finances, there is still an excellent chance of them making a push to sign Bellingham, as he looks to take the next step in his career.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club



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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.

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