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Real Madrid midfielder yet to receive renewal offer despite vote of confidence from Ancelotti

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The arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga ensured that the future of Real Madrid’s midfield was in safe hands. While their signings were rejoiced by fans across the globe, it did not come as great news to the likes of Dani Ceballos.

The Spaniard has found it difficult to see minutes this season and has only seen the occasional sporadic start. After a relatively strong show against Mallorca, Ancelotti gave him a second start on Sunday.

Yet, there seems to be no change in the club’s stance over his renewal. According to reports from MARCA, Ceballos has still not received any extension offer from Real Madrid and the plan is for him to leave the club next summer.

The midfielder’s contract with the club runs out in 2023. Though the club stand to lose from his departure as a free agent, Los Blancos are willing to go ahead with the operation as he has no place in Ancelotti’s plans.

His exit will also go in hand with Madrid targetting Jude Bellingham. They do face a list of competitors for his signature, but are confident their pursuit will pay off.

In 53 minutes against Osasuna, Ceballos completed 94.3% of his passes and also provided two key passes. While he has not been particularly bad in either of his appearances, Real Madrid prefer the younger options in their reserves over the 26-year-old.

Nevertheless, the manager will continue to count on Ceballos this season, especially with the hectic schedule ahead. The player can look to turn his situation around in the coming months with a positive run of form. However, the mountain appears too steep to climb now.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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