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Real Madrid midfielder happy with club’s latest contract offer, will stay put – report

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Only two of the three players Real Madrid attempted to convince to stay have responded to the club’s offers. Nacho Fernandez chose to accept the new contract and appears set to continue while Marco Asensio gladly took the letter of freedom.

The third player, Dani Ceballos, has not yet gotten back to the Merengues with a final decision. Four days after the final game of the season, he finally appears to have made his pick.

According to reports from AS, the midfielder is happy with the new terms that Real Madrid have offered him. He will stay at the club and fight it out for a place in midfield.

Los Blancos have reportedly offered Ceballos a three-year contract with improved wages for next season. Moreover, Carlo Ancelotti’s personal assurance of faith has gone a long way in helping him decide his future and anchor his ship at Real Madrid.

The Spanish international has endured a largely bench-centred role at the Santiago Bernabeu so far in his career. While the situation persisted last season, he did enjoy a notable improvement in playing time.

In 20 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid last season, the 26-year-old made 19 starts and averaged 53 minutes per game. Further, he notched up four assists to his name and averaged one key pass per match.

Heading into next season, Ceballos is expected to continue in the role of a star backup. After all, it will not be easy to get ahead of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, and new acquisition Jude Bellingham on the pecking order.

With the Spaniard staying at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid will likely not go after any more signings in midfield in the summer transfer market. The priority, at the moment, is the forward line where Los Blancos have only two senior players.

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Real Madrid pondered summer move for 18-year-old Dutch prodigy before his renewal

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Real Madrid saw their priority centre-back target Leny Yoro sign for Premier League giants Manchester United this Thursday.

Even though the Merengues appeared to be in the driver’s seat as far as the race for his transfer was concerned, their reluctance to shell out the big bucks eventually led to Lille selling him to United.

It has left Real Madrid in limbo with regard to their plans for the centre-back signing. As things stand, the news coming from the club is that nobody will be signed unless a bargain option comes up.

Real Madrid considered signing Jorrel Hato

As far as some of the names on Real Madrid’s radars are concerned, Al-Nassr’s Aymeric Laporte is said to be on the agenda, with the Spaniard understood to be keen on a return to Europe.

Meanwhile, a report from AS states that Real Madrid also considered making a move for Ajax teenage prodigy Jorrel Hato but abandoned the idea after he signed a new contract.

Real Madrid were briefly interested in Jorrel Hato. (Photo by BART STOUTJESDIJK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Hato, who turned 18 in March this year, has already become a regular for Ajax, racking up 61 senior appearances despite his young age.

Like Yoro, he was also followed by Real Madrid as his contract was set to expire in 2025 and he fit the profile that the Spanish champions were looking for.

However, soon after he turned 18 in March, Ajax swiftly moved to hand him a new contract, securing his future until 2028. With that, Hato’s name was taken off the table at Real Madrid.

Another name that has been touted as an option is Union Berlin’s Diego Leite, who Real Madrid have watched in the past and could be available for €18 million.

As things stand, though, Real Madrid are calm about the situation and are counting on David Alaba to recover while also being prepared to rely on Aurelien Tchouameni as an option at centre-back.

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