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Real Madrid midfielder speaks on his expiring contract: “I want to enjoy”



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Real Madrid have their work cut out for them in the summer transfer market as they look to plug holes in the team. Ideally, Florentino Perez would try to bring in a right and left-back each, another central defender, a midfielder, a right-winger, and a backup striker.

There are a fair few names cut out and linked to Madrid in each position, like Jude Bellingham in midfield, Josko Gvardiol as a centre-back, Fran Garcia as a right-back, and the likes of Dusan Vlahovic and Richarlison as centre-forward options.

Obviously, pulling off all these signings – and more -, will be quite a task for Madrid. Especially when they will have one eye on the contracts that are expiring this summer.

Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, and Marco Asensio are all set to become free agents. Madrid are yet to confirm extensions for any of them, but talks have been held with them, if reports are to be believed.

Ceballos opened up on his contract situation, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“I have three months left on my contract — then I will speak to the right people, also to my family,” he said.

“I want to enjoy, so I don’t want a new contract if I don’t deserve that, I don’t want to join another club if I don’t deserve that”.

Madrid are internally happy to offer Ceballos a new contract as they are happy with his performances in the second half of the season. He has managed to step up in midfield while Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga have been inconsistent.

In fact, Ceballos was recognised by the Santiago Bernabeu after their 4-0 win, receiving a round of applause when substituted off. Carlo Ancelotti also held the midfielder in high praise after this game.

“He is doing what a footballer has to do – being professional, disciplined and making the most of the time I am giving him. He’s doing a fantastic job and we’re delighted with him. For the Bernabéu to recognise it does him the world of good.”

Recent reports have stated that Ceballos will be offered a new three-year deal worth €5 million per season. The decision to put pen to paper is entirely up to the Spaniard, though, especially considering that minutes will continue to be far and few in between.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown



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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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