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Real Madrid midfielder ‘dreams’ of a renewal, working with veteran star to improve game
Dani Ceballos is one of many Real Madrid players that have their contracts expiring at the end of the season.
But unlike players such as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric or Karim Benzema, the midfielder is not one of the most crucial members of the first team. So naturally, there is a sense of uncertainty over his future at the club.
However, that has not stopped the media from excessively reporting on the future of the former Arsenal starlet, who has been a part of the Real Madrid setup since 2017.
A few months ago, it would seem almost impossible for Ceballos to earn a renewal from the Real Madrid board. But a lot has changed since, with the midfielder turning it around spectacularly with his performances off the bench.
According to ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), Ceballos himself is buoyed by his recent success and wants to continue at Santiago Bernabeu. The midfielder dreams of renewal with Los Blancos, as he seeks to capitalise on his current form and become a key player under Carlo Ancelotti.
Recent reports suggest Real Madrid are poised to come up with a four-year contract extension offer to Ceballos. The player is expected to pen the deal, as he does not care about the money and simply wants to continue at the Bernabeu.
The report further points out that Ceballos is working extra hard to not only improve his performance but also make himself more versatile in the middle of the park. The former Arsenal star appears to be keen on learning the consistency of how and when to make a pass from Kroos, whose current contract also expires at the end of the season.
Kroos’ influence in Ceballos’ game has been quite evident in recent matches, with the midfielder notably starring in the Copa Del Rey contest against Atletico Madrid, completing over 100 passes.
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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report
While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.
Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration.
Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.
Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.
First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.
During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.
On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.
The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”
Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”
“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.