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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”