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Real Madrid midfielder to discuss future with club in coming days – report



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Dani Ceballos will soon meet with the team to decide whether he will remain with the club or leave, as per a report published on The Daily Briefing.

Ceballos has been linked to a potential transfer to Atletico Madrid recently, with rumours suggesting the two sides may have an agreement for him to switch teams within the Spanish capital. 

However, Atletico have denied these rumours, though they do have an interest in the player.

According to the journalist, the speculation around Ceballos and Atletico goes back to the previous season. Before Ceballos extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2027, Atletico expressed interest in him. 

An exit seems fair for Ceballos

It is suggested that so far this season, Atletico Madrid have not pursued him actively. However, Ceballos’ future might still change depending on an upcoming discussion with Real Madrid, which will determine whether he stays next season.

This season, he has struggled for game time, playing just 571 minutes across five starts. 

Dani Ceballos could leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Last year, coach Carlo Ancelotti described him as the closest player they had to Luka Modric, but his opportunities have been limited this time, even as Modric himself has spent a significant amount of time on the bench.

Real Madrid want €10 million for Ceballos

As reported before, the Spanish midfielder does not have a shortage of suitors, as apart from Atletico Madrid, even Italian side AC Milan are interested in his acquisition.

It must be noted that Real Madrid and AC Milan have a strong working relationship, having completed several deals in the past, such as those for Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz. 

However, their approaches to a potential transfer involving Ceballos differ significantly.

Milan are interested in acquiring him on a loan basis, aiming to reinforce their midfield for the season without a long-term commitment. In contrast, Real Madrid would like to sell Ceballos outright, preferring a permanent transfer.

Real Madrid’s goal is to recoup at least €10 million from Ceballos’s departure, making a full sale more appealing to the club. 

This difference in intentions could present a challenge in reaching an agreement, as both clubs have distinct goals in mind for the transfer.

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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