Real Madrid’s association with injuries ahead of the 2023-24 campaign began with the blow Dani Ceballos suffered in pre-season.
From that point on, Los Blancos endured a difficult period in which they lost important names including Arda Guler, Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao and most recently Vinicius Jr. Now, there finally appears to be positive news for the offices at Veldebebas.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Ceballos returned to training with the group earlier today in what comes as big news for Carlo Ancelotti.
The player is now ready to be called up for the team’s next game against Real Sociedad and make his first appearance after his latest contract renewal.
Madridista until 2027
There was palpable tension in the air towards the back end of last season over the renewal of players with expiring contracts. Ceballos was one among that long list of players.
For a long time, the midfielder appeared to be at the exit door. He eventually renewed his contract until 2027 after discussions with Ancelotti and reassurance of playing time.
Ceballos is one of the best in the business on his day, but it is difficult to comprehend where he would fit into the starting lineup for Real Madrid.
After all, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde would all appear to be ahead of him on the pecking order.
A fresh start after the international break
Real Madrid host Real Sociedad this weekend in their fifth league game of the season. The latest update on Ceballos would suggest that he is well-placed to make his maiden appearance of the season on the night.
It will be a critical match for the former Real Betis star as he hopes to leave a strong impression on Ancelotti. After all, he did well to cover for Luka Modric in critical junctures last season.
Atletico Madrid CEO lashes out at Real Madrid: “They cheat the competition”
Locking horns in what is invariably perceived as an intense affair, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid concluded their most recent clash with controversy enshrouding the result.
Diego Simeone’s cavalry came out on top with a 3-1 win, but the reactions by both sides after the game implied a sense of bad blood, which appears to be an ongoing matter.
The Merengues expressed their displeasure with some of the referee’s decisions during their Real Madrid TV broadcast, highlighting the ‘blatant errors’ they felt referee Javier Alberola Rojas and the VAR had committed.
However, in response to the allegations, Atletico Madrid CEO has retaliated with his own accusations, not holding back against Real Madrid.
Gil Marin accuses Madrid of cheating
As per MARCA, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin believes that the Real Madrid-related media atmosphere is exerting pressure on the referee teams for the upcoming games.
“Real Madrid cheats the competition. They create unbearable pressure on the referees. The arguments they use are funny but very serious and directly affect the competition,” he boldly exclaimed.
Real Madrid pointed out a bucketload of errors made by the referee on Madrid TV, including goals that should not have stood and violations that warranted sending-offs.
Even so, Gil Marin has not taken these assertions lightly and privately mocked the actions of Real Madrid’s claims.
“They are fanatics. They know that if they do not say these types of things, they would quickly lose their jobs,” he said.
Moreover, he alluded to the instance of Jude Bellingham’s tackle on Angel Correa in the dying embers of the game and how the narrative would have been vastly different if the roles were reversed.
“We wouldn’t be talking about anything else [had that happened],” he concluded.