A managerial change often brings with it a new ideology to the team and a new role for several players. While some rise to stardom in the new system, others fade away into the darkness.
Miguel Gutierrez faced the latter situation and can blame the managerial change at Real Madrid for his slow but sure exclusion from the first team.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Real Madrid and Girona are in advanced negotiations over Gutierrez. The operation will be closed in the coming hours.
The 21-year-old Castilla left-back made six league appearances for Los Blancos under Zinedine Zidane in 2020-21. Just as he seemed set to burst into the limelight, Carlo Ancelotti was appointed head coach and the tables turned.
Last season, he only made four appearances for the first team with his last game close to a year ago.
The new manager has preferred Ferland Mendy at left-back with even the experienced Marcelo finding himself on the bench last season. Now, David Alaba is an added competitor and Miguel is seen as surplus.
Girona belong to the City football group and have had the youngster on their tabs for a long time now. While his move to the newly promoted side will be permanent, Los Blancos will reserve a buy-back clause.
Moreover, it is said that the club will retain 50% of the player’s rights after the operation. The goal is to help Miguel develop outside the Bernabeu and bring him back after he has garnered experience.
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.