Real Madrid have several players on their books whose contracts expire at the end of the season. Those include club legends like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos as well as bit-part players like Mariano Diaz and Dani Ceballos.
Reports suggest that Benzema’s extension has already been agreed upon with only the announcement pending, while they are also working to renew Modric and Kroos. The futures of Asensio and Nacho Fernandez, meanwhile remain unclear, while Mariano is certain to leave.
As for Ceballos, the midfielder showed what he can still offer to this Real Madrid team when he stepped up and changed the course of the game last night against Villarreal, even scoring the winning goal in the 3-2 victory that earned Los Blancos a spot in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
According to journalist Sergio Santos, several big European clubs are interested in signing Ceballos as a free agent at the end of the season. At the same time, Real Madrid are yet to make an approach to the Spaniard with a new contract offer.
Carlo Ancelotti had asked the club to renew the midfielder in the summer, but the club did not grant his request. The manager has said on multiple occasions that Ceballos is deserving of more minutes but has not lived up to his words, handing him just 442 minutes of action.
Indeed, the 26-year-old is last in the midfield pecking order at the Bernabeu, behind Modric, Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.
And, as iterated earlier, Real Madrid have made no real movements to try and keep him at the club beyond the current season. Ceballos, for his part, continues to insist that he wants to fight for a place in the team.
But with interest in his services mounting, the Spanish international seems set for the exit doors come summer, with many big European clubs willing to sign him up.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.