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Real Madrid ‘like’ Portuguese forward with 16 goal contributions this season – report

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Despite the insistence of manager Carlo Ancelotti that he is happy with his current Real Madrid squad, reports suggest that the Italian remains keen on adding a new forward to his ranks. And one of the names touted as a potential target is AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao.

Indeed, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid ‘like’ Leao, although the Spanish capital giants have not made any moves for him as of yet.

The 23-year-old has grown leaps and bounds at San Siro over the past couple of years and has emerged as one of the most important cogs in the wheel for Stefano Pioli. Leao played a key role in Milan’s Serie A title triumph last season and has continued his good vein of form this term too.

Indeed, the Portuguese attacker, who has primarily played on the left wing for Milan but can play through the middle, has already netted seven goals and set up nine more for his teammates in 20 matches.

Leao has 16 goal involvements in 1481 minutes in all competitions this season, meaning he has contributed with a goal or an assist every 92 minutes.

Given his form and proven pedigree, it is not hard to understand why Leao has admirers in Real Madrid.

The Merengues could need to reinforce their frontline in the near future as Eden Hazard’s time seems to be running out while Mariano Diaz is unlikely to remain at the club for much longer.

A player of Leao’s ability, thus, could be an effective addition at the Santiago Bernabeu as he could compete with Vinicius Junior on the left flank or provide cover for Karim Benzema in the No. 9 slot.

His contract with Milan expires in 2024 but there have been reports of a new deal being in the works. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid’s interest in the Portuguese international leads to anything substantial.

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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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