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Real Madrid management delighted with out-of-favour midfielder’s recent displays – report

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Although the future of Dani Ceballos is still hanging in thin air, Real Madrid are delighted with the midfielder’s recent performances, reports José Luis Sánchez on El Chiringuito TV.

Ceballos, 26, has played in each of Madrid’s last four outings across all competitions and it was, in fact, his 86th-minute goal that gave Madrid a 3-2 win over Villarreal in the Copa del Rey recently.

This prompted Carlo Ancelotti to use him as a starter against Athletic Club. Interestingly enough, this was Ceballos’s first league start since appearing against Real Valladolid back in late December. And the midfielder put in another solid performance at San Mames.

Despite his recent success, Real Madrid are still silent over a potential contract renewal. It must be remembered that Ceballos’ ongoing deal with the club runs out at the end of the season and there is still no official word about his continuity.

The expression is pretty much similar from the player’s end mostly because everything is extremely uncertain. Speaking about his future recently, however, the 26-year-old expressed that he indeed wants to continue.

“There is no bigger club than Madrid. I have four months left on my contract, but I am going to give everything to show that I want to stay here. I have to grit my teeth and show that I have the level to play here.” he had said (h/t GOAL).

For the moment, the extension is stalled and there is a possibility that he might leave for free in June. Furthermore, it must be understood that the player is not short of offers. In fact, his difficult situation has attracted several suitors but it seems the player does not want to leave.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, even their roster is pretty much unsettled mostly because of the unresolved futures of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. So if anyone between the two decides to call it quits, Madrid will need someone to cover the space and this is where Ceballos can chip in.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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