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Real Madrid midfielder keen on leaving amid interest from several clubs

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With the summer transfer window upon us, Real Madrid are expected to be involved in some major activity in the coming weeks, be it incomings or outgoings.

Kylian Mbappe has already signed for Los Blancos and a couple more signings are expected while there will be some more departures following the exits of Nacho, Joselu, and the retirement of Toni Kroos.

Dani Ceballos wants out

Now, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic reports that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is intent on leaving the club this summer.

Ceballos has been at Real Madrid since 2017, when he joined from Real Betis but has never been able to nail down a place for himself in the team.

The 27-year-old spent two years away on loan at Arsenal between 2019 and 2021, and upon his return, he was brought into the fold by Carlo Ancelotti, but minutes continued to come at a premium.

Ceballos wants to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Despite the situation, Ceballos opted to sign a new contract with the Merengues last year, penning a four-year deal until 2027 with an improved wage that reflected his fine form towards the end of the 2022/23 season.

However, the Spanish international found himself starved of minutes again this past season, playing only 881 minutes. As such, Ceballos is eager to move on this summer and the club are aware of the situation.

No shortage of interest

The report further states that Ceballos is wanted by several clubs this summer and as such there will be no shortage of suitors should he decide to leave Real Madrid.

In fact, multiple talks have been held between the ex-Real Betis man and the reigning champions of Spain and Europe regarding his future and more discussions are expected to take place.

Real Madrid, for their part, continue to believe in Ceballos’ quality and wish to retain him. Ancelotti’s staff sees him as a player who can have a bigger role following Kroos’ retirement and Luka Modric’s departure in 2025.

The Merengues will not give him away for a small price either and believe that other clubs in Spain will have difficulties matching his salary as well. As such, an exit for the midfielder could end up being difficult.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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