Sunday’s defeat against Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup drove home the point that Real Madrid are going through a drastic slip in form, which started well before the FIFA World Cup in November last year.
The narrow, unconvincing wins over Cacereno and Valencia, and the losses to Villarreal and Barça have underlined the fact that there are some lingering issues that exist within the team that Carlo Ancelotti will need to sort out at the earliest.
The defeat on Sunday meant that the dream of winning a sextet are dead and buried. That, coupled with recent results, led to speculations that alarm bills are ringing at Real Madrid.
However, despite the hammering at Barça’s hands, Real Madrid higher-ups have total faith and confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti and the players, reports MARCA.
The Spanish publication claims that despite how things are going, president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez recognise the value of the players at their disposal but are aware of the lack of attitude and intensity in some matches, which they are attributing to physical fatigue.
So, as things stand, there will be no drastic decisions made because things are not going according to plan. At the same time, the report also clarifies that Los Blancos will not enter the market and sign any new players this month.
The higher officials are stressing on patience, as they believe that the team had gone through a similar situation last season as well, but bounced back to win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
So, as things stand, Perez & co. have full confidence in Ancelotti and his players and will not be making any hasty decisions or panic signings this month.
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.