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Real Madrid joined by Barcelona in free transfer race for teenage midfield prodigy



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According to MARCA, Real Madrid have been joined by eternal rivals Barcelona in the race to sign Valencia midfield wonderkid Javi Guerra Moreno in the summer of 2023.

The 19-year-old joined Valencia from Villarreal in 2019 and has since made rapid strides through the ranks at the club. Guerra has featured 13 times for Los Che’s reserve side, scoring and assisting one goal apiece while he has one first-team appearance to his name, to date.

A versatile central midfielder, Guerra can play in the holding role or operate as a No. 8. The teenager has exhibited good technical abilities with the ball, has the capability to make line-breaking forward runs and can hold his own when not in possession.

All these attributes have seemingly put him on the radars of Real Madrid, who are always on the lookout for the best young talents in the country and across the globe.

Indeed, Los Blancos have set their sights on several young prospects such as Endrick Felipe of Palmeiras, Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, and Botafogo’s Matheus Nascimento, among several others.

Now Javi Guerra is also said to on the radars of the Spanish capital club, although they are likely to face stiff competition from rivals Barcelona. Having lost out to the Catalans in the race for Pablo Torre last summer, Real Madrid would be keen on landing the Valencia ace.

Guerra’s contract with Los Che expires at the end of the season, but they want to extend his stay at the Mestalla beyond 2023 and are reported to have tabled a long-term contract offer.

So, the decision is now up to Guerra and it remains to be seen if he opts to continue at Valencia or chooses a move away to Real Madrid or Barcelona come summer.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club



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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.

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