Real Madrid are facing a busy year ahead as they look to not only strengthen the squad but also renew the contract of star players.
The likes of Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric all of their contracts expiring at the end of the season, with the latter even being approached by Al Nassr over a potential move in the summer.
However, there are also players who do not appear to have any future at Santiago Bernabeu. Earlier this season, Dani Ceballos was put in this bracket, on the grounds of his lack of prominence in the first-team coupled with his troubles with injuries.
This led to speculations over his future at the club, with many expecting Ceballos to leave the club in the ongoing January transfer window.
But according to MARCA, Real Madrid have ruled out the possibility of Ceballos’ January exit. The player will remain at Santiago Bernabeu until the end of the season.
This comes in the midst of the midfielder’s excellent performances in recent weeks. Ceballos has indeed starred for Real Madrid lately, notably scoring in the club’s win over Villarreal in Copa Del Rey. That performance saw him rewarded with a start against Athletic Club.
Ceballos did not disappoint against the Basque outfit either, putting up a strong performance. His rapid turnaround has greatly shifted Real Madrid’s stance on the player’s future and it appears the player, who was destined to leave the club at the end of the season, may have a future at Santiago Bernabeu.
Although Real Madrid are not assured of their desire to extend the contract of the midfielder, they are considering the possibility. A lot could be revealed in the coming weeks.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.