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.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.