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.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.