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Real Madrid midfielder ready to leave in the summer amid Atletico Madrid interest



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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered a comprehensive update on various Real Madrid players who are facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu.

Dani Ceballos is among these players unsure of whether or not he will continue at Santiago Bernabeu next season.

The midfielder has struggled with a lack of game-time this season, falling behind the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Jude Bellingham, Federico Valverde and others in the pecking order.

This has led to uncertainty over Ceballos’ future at the club, with many expecting him to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

Ceballos ready to leave

The report adds that Ceballos, for his part, is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer. The player is unhappy with his current role in the squad and is looking for a new challenge elsewhere.

What’s next for Ceballos? (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ceballos, after all, has featured in just over 500 minutes of footballing action this season, which is quite low for a player of his calibre.

Given his lack of prominence in the first-team, it is time for Ceballos to move on and seek a new club, as he looks to revive his career.

Interest from Atletico Madrid

Ceballos may have no shortage of suitors either. Clubs across Europe are aware of his talents and how the midfielder has performed in the Premier League at Arsenal.

Keeping that in mind, the report mentions Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs interested in his services.

The Spanish giants are keen on reinforcing their ranks in the midfield unit this summer, with Ceballos emerging as the ideal option.

There have been past instances of Real Madrid players making the move to Atletico Madrid in order to gain more prominence.

Marcos Llorente is an excellent case in point, but whether or not Ceballos, too, will follow the same route this summer remains to be seen.

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Ancelotti talks Kroos retirement, Tchouameni, Nacho, Mbappe ahead of Real Madrid vs Real Betis



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Real Madrid will be playing their final La Liga game of the season tomorrow when they lock horns with Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It will be the final game that legendary midfielder Toni Kroos will play at the iconic stadium having announced his retirement.

Tomorrow’s contest could also prove to be captain Nacho Fernandez’s final home game ahead of a possible summer departure.

These topics featured heavily in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-match press conference today heading into the contest against Real Betis.

Kicking things off, the Real Madrid boss shed light on how the team was preparing for the game against Real Betis, with an eye on the Champions League final versus Borussia Dortmund in a week.

‘It’s preparation for the final, we’ve worked well this week. It’s the end of the league, we want to finish it well, it’s a fantastic season, we’ve done well from start to finish,” he said.

“It’s the farewell of a legend of our club, we have to enjoy it, it’s an important day. It’s been a deserved league, with a very high score, it’s the easiest league of my career to manage, for the atmosphere, for the squad…. Very, very good.”

The chat then moved to Kroos’ retirement announcement and how he viewed it, to which Ancelotti remarked:

“Veteran players, legends, have to choose their destiny. Toni has made that decision and we have to respect it. We have to see him off as best we can. I respect his decision, it’s the decision of a man with balls, it’s the reality.”

On how Real Madrid plan to replace someone of Kroos’ stature, he added: “Replacing someone like that is almost impossible, but this squad has the resources in the young players to take responsibility and follow the path marked out over the last ten years.

“Every year it loses pieces, but it doesn’t lose the atmosphere, the attitude and the commitment, they have to maintain the clean atmosphere that exists. It depends on each individual, but I don’t think it was a complicated decision for him.”

Kroos’ final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On whether he spoke to Kroos to try and get him to reconsider his decision, Ancelotti replied:

“He was convinced. To say goodbye like that would be ideal. Then you have to have the courage to do it and I have a lot of respect for what he has done.”

During the press conference, Ancelotti confirmed that Aurelien Tchouameni was definitively ruled out of the UCL final, saying: “He’s ruled out for the final, but he’ll make it for the EURO.”

On whether the veterans will have to step up for the final part of the season, he said: “This generation has won titles and I believe it will continue to win them, and now we have the chance to win another one.”

Youngster Mario Martin has been called up to the first-team squad again for the Betis game after featuring against Alaves and Villarreal.

When asked if the 20-year-old has what it takes to remain with the senior setup in the future, Ancelotti said:

“He is progressing very well, he can be in the squad without any problem, he has quality and a good attitude. He, like other youth players, we can think that in the future he will be in the first team.”

Going back to the topic of Kroos, Ancelotti was asked to say what made the German international so unique, to which he responded:

“A very high and very consistent performance, with no drop-offs. One of the few who knows how to manage the tempo of games with possession. His passing is unique. He has contributed a lot to football, he is one of the best midfielders in history.”

When asked to pick his favourite game of Kroos, the Italian replied: “It’s difficult to choose one, because he has always played with a lot of continuity. He has always stood out.”

The matter of Kylian Mbappe then came up with Ancelotti being asked about the Frenchman’s possible involvement in the Olympics this summer.

“I don’t go into these issues. I like the Games, if I can I watch the Italian teams,” he said.

Finally, Ancelotti addressed the future of captain Nacho Fernandez, saying: “He hasn’t decided yet, we are waiting, but we are not in a hurry. After the season he can choose what he wants to do next season. Now his idea is to try to win the 15th.”

Source: AS

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