Cesar Azpilicueta was at the heart of an elongated transfer saga in the summer, with Barcelona interested in signing him on a free transfer. However, the Spanish veteran ended up renewing his contract with Chelsea for another two years under the new administration of Todd Boehly.
Despite signing a new contract, however, Azpilicueta is slowly losing his prominence with the Blues. He has played 11 games out of a possible 14, out of which he has started just seven.
Therefore, according to a report by SPORT, Real Madrid are interested in signing Azpi in the winter, and are willing to offer nearly €10 million for his services.
Madrid do have two right-backs in their squad at the moment in the form of Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez. Despite that, they appreciate Azpilicueta’s versatility, as the Chelsea captain can also be deployed in central defence.
Further, that would allow Vazquez to be deployed in his natural position on the right-wing far more often than he does now.
It seems unlikely that Chelsea will let Azpilicueta leave in the winter, given the injury concerns to Reece James. The Englishman has been struggling for fitness over the past two seasons, and is also set to miss the World Cup.
Furthermore, there have been reports stating that Madrid will not sign any players in the winter transfer market, which was pretty much confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti during a pre-game press conference last week.
“Our idea is not to make moves during the winter market,” he said.
And even if Los Blancos were to take a market dive in January, they would likely prioritise signing a striker, given Karim Benzema’s injury concerns over the last few months.
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.