Marco Asensio’s future at Real Madrid continues to be a topic of much debate and speculation as we close in on the New Year.
The 26-year-old’s current contract with the champions of Spain and Europe stands to run out at the end of the season. At one point, it looked like there was no way back for the former RCD Mallorca ace and that he would be let go as a free agent next summer.
But, in the weeks leading up to the World Cup break, Asensio proved his value to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, putting up some impressive displays off the bench and as a starter.
It gave way to suggestions that Real Madrid are ready to sit down and negotiate a new contract with the versatile forward, although without any significant raise in his wages.
While that may be the case, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid’s eternal rivals Barcelona are said to be still attentive to Asensio’s situation.
Barça had been credited with a strong interest in signing Asensio in the recent past. The fact that the winger’s agent, Jorge Mendes, shares a strong relationship with the Catalan club’s president, Joan Laporta, only served to fuel the fire.
Matters were not helped by Asensio’s statements in an interview during which he admitted that he would be open to swapping Real Madrid for Barcelona if the opportunity presented itself.
The Blaugrana are said to be still keeping an eye on Asensio and will even watch him closely at the World Cup, where he will be representing the Spanish national team.
The former Mallorca starlet will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the club of his picking in January.
Ideally, Real Madrid would like to renew him before that. There have been indications from the player’s side that he wants to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu as well. So, there is a good chance that Asensio pens an extension and puts an end to the speculations.
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.