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Real Madrid happy with star’s imminent renewal as future exit could fetch good money

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Even though it has not been officially confirmed, Dani Ceballos is expected to sign a new contract with Real Madrid imminently and prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract expires on June 30. And after much thought and deliberation, the Spanish international has seemingly decided to remain with the Spanish capital outfit for longer.

Ceballos’ doubts over signing a new deal emerged from his lack of regular game-time. Even though this past season he played 46 games, only 19 came as starts in La Liga.

Now with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric renewing and Jude Bellingham arriving from Borussia Dortmund, things will get tougher for him.

According to MARCA, Ceballos had attracted interest from his former club Real Betis, but has decided to stay put at Real Madrid and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

This move is seen as a positive one by the Merengues as they will be retaining a midfielder entering his prime years, especially with Kroos and Modric expected to call time on their careers in the near future.

At the same time, if Ceballos decides to leave at some point in the future, Los Blancos believe that he will fetch a good amount as he has a good market value and clubs interested in him.

As such, Real Madrid are happy with his decision to renew and do not see it as a bad option at all.

With Ceballos losing his place in the Spain national team for the recent UEFA Nations League, he will have a big task on his hand to win his spot back for the Euros next year. For that to happen, he will need to step up to the challenge at Real Madrid and earn his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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