We are just a day away before Luis Enrique releases his final Spain squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Within the Spain squad, there is certainly a dearth of Real Madrid players in contention to be included in the squad. While Dani Carvajal is one of the major options, there is confusion around the inclusion of Marco Asensio.
The Real Madrid playmaker, after all, had fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu at the start of the season. His struggles have translated into the attacker falling behind in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, although he is gaining prominence of late.
Despite that, Asensio is yet to even muster 200 minutes of league football this term, with Ancelotti largely relying on the services of Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo.
However, according to a report from AS (h/t Madrid Zone), there is a significant chance Asensio might be selected for the Spain squad. It appears coach Luis Enrique still values the Real Madrid star, despite his struggles in recent years.
Asensio, after all, offers a lot of experience at the highest level of football. He has featured in a total of 250 matches in all competitions, racking up 52 goals and 27 assists.
It is also worth pointing out that the Spaniard has performed well as a substitute for Real Madrid in recent matches, while he also did well in the defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Monday night.
Hence, Asensio’s potential inclusion in the Spain squad may ultimately benefit La Roja as they look to restore their lost glory in the upcoming World Cup.
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.