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Real Madrid midfielder rejected Atletico approach during the international break

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With Dani Ceballos’ contract with Real Madrid expiring at the end of the season, the Spaniard is generating a lot of transfer interest heading into the summer window.

One such interested party in the midfielder’s services is Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos are understood to be keen on snapping up the 26-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season and have already made more than one approach to him about the same.

But, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Ceballos rejected Atletico Madrid’s approach during the recent international break as he continues to aspire of staying at Real Madrid.

As per the report, Atletico Madrid have a long-standing interest in Ceballos and had tried to sign him from Los Blancos two years ago as well, but the midfielder had shot down their approach.

And, they decided to rekindle their interest in the ex-Real Betis ace again this year, with Atletico officials reaching out to Ceballos in the first week of the international break last month.

However, there was no willingness to discuss any sort of an arrangement on the player’s part as he continues to dream of continuing at the Santiago Bernabeu, even though he is yet to receive any call from Real Madrid regarding a contract extension.

Some reports suggest that Ceballos will be offered a three-year contract by the Merengues but talks will only take place once the season is out of the way.

Having had a tumultuous spell early on in his career at Real Madrid, the 26-year-old spent two years away on loan at Arsenal. Upon returning, an injury kept him out of action for a good part of last season.

Ceballos is currently enjoying his best run in Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti which has allowed him to force his way back into the Spanish national team as well.

If Real Madrid do not offer him a new contract, the midfielder wants to stay in Spain itself, although it will be difficult because of his wages.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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