Real Madrid have not made the best of starts after the resumption of club football following the World Cup break.
The Merengues were pushed to the brink by Real Valladolid in La Liga and then barely managed to against lower league side Cacereno in Copa del Rey before eating a loss against Villarreal in the league.
Then, Carlo Ancelotti’s men went through a difficult time to get past Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals and had to rely on penalties to make it through to the next phase.
The decline in performance levels in recent matches has created some skepticism surrounding the current champions of Spain and Europe.
However, according to MARCA, the Real Madrid locker room is not worried about the recent run of results and believe it is just a ‘bad moment’ that will pass.
Up next for Los Blancos is the Spanish Super Cup final where they will face arch-rivals Barcelona in an El Clasico.
While the locker room and coaches are not overly concerned about the current situation, Ancelotti has reportedly asked for his team to show greater intensity and focus during matches, the lack of which has cost them during the games against Villarreal and Valencia.
On top of that injuries to several players is another issue that the Merengues are having to deal with. But they understand that it is a part and parcel of the game and are preparing for the final on Sunday according to plans.
While there may be some alarm bells going off, the locker room, as such, is confident that the situation can be turned around with one important victory.
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.