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Real Madrid have called Spanish international to start discussions over new contract

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Real Madrid may not boast of many bonafide star names on the field. However, every single player in white is a champion in his own right.

The team’s consistent runs deep into the UEFA Champions League year after year show that there is something positive in the ecosystem and the belief of the players. Thus, renewing the contracts of existing stars can never be a bad idea at the club.

According to reports from AS, Real Madrid have called Dani Ceballos to start talks over a contract extension. The midfielder’s deal runs out in the summer and the club thus wishes to accelerate the process.

Earlier in the season, there were doubts over Ceballos’ continuity. Given the numerous midfield options and the projected signings, the Spaniard appeared surplus.

“There is no bigger club than Madrid. I have four months left on my contract, but I am going to give everything to show that I want to stay here. I have to grit my teeth and show that I have the level to play here,” he said in an interview in January as revealed by GOAL.

Ceballos’ improved level on the field in recent months has turned his situation around. Given Carlo Ancelotti’s trust in the player, there is now a chance that he will remain at the club beyond the ongoing campaign.

However, considering that Toni Kroos has also signed a new contract and the Merengues are also working to renew Luka Modric, while trying to sign Jude Bellingham, it still remains uncertain as to whether Ceballos will have a bigger role in the team, something which he desires.

The 26-year-old has made 22 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid this season and provided two assists in the process. Further, he averages 1.1 key passes per game and has created one big chance.

Ceballos is expected to start later today when Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo. The midfielder is likely to replace Luka Modric who played the full 90 minutes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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