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Real Madrid midfielder offered a new three-year deal worth €5 million per season
Dani Ceballos finds himself at a crossroads. The Spaniard’s contract runs out in the summer, and the decision between leaving as a free agent or staying at Real Madrid rests entirely on his shoulders.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Ceballos would have a renewal offer with a salary of €5 million per season. The duration of the proposed extension will be three years with an option to extend for a further season.
Normally, such an extension would be a no-brainer for any player at Real Madrid. The catch, however, is that Ceballos would be a squad player upon renewal.
The Spaniard is already the fifth-choice midfielder behind Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. Assuming Jude Bellingham joins in the summer, Ceballos will be pushed further down the pecking order.
The player’s decision, thus, depends on his prioritisation of playing time. Still 26 years of age, Ceballos has the best years of his career ahead of him and it would be strange to see him settle for a role on the bench.
The Spaniard has no shortage of suitors, with former club Real Betis said to be one of the teams interested in his services.
The midfielder has a special history with Real Betis where he made his initial breakthrough into senior football. He moved to Real Madrid for €15 million in 2017 and could be open to a return if things do not work out with his contract extension.
Ceballos has made 17 league appearances for Real Madrid this season, providing one assist in the process. He averages a key pass in every game and averages six defensive actions per game.
The coming months will be key in the midfielder deciding his future, for it will depend on the extent to which Carlo Ancelotti includes him in the team’s dynamics.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.
March 8, 2023 at 10:08 am
I really hope Real will NOT get Bellingham, he is just another Tchouameni, heavy and slow, disappointing, definitely not UCL-winner level… See last evening’s match Chelsea-Dortmund, Bellingham lost lots of balls and did no important ball retrieval…