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Real Madrid midfielder’s agents were contacted by Barcelona, Bayern through third parties



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Real Madrid have reportedly called Dani Ceballos to initiate talks of a renewal earlier this week. The Spanish midfielder has impressed Carlo Ancelotti with his recent form, and in the process, earned the extension.

His future now appears set at the Santiago Bernabeu, at least for the next few years. However, his continuity at the club was not as clear even a month back and it is not surprising that many of Europe’s elite saw his availability as a golden opportunity.

According to reports from AS, clubs like Bayern Munich contacted Ceballos’ agents through third parties to get in touch with the player and convey their interest in his profile. A few months ago, arch-rivals Barcelona made the same move without any official contact.

Ceballos has no dearth of experience in La Liga in his career so far and it is not surprising that the Blaugranas were interested. In fact, they were not the only side as Valencia also contacted him with similar intentions.

However, none of those contacts led to anything concrete, and the midfielder will now give priority to renew at Real Madrid.

Another of Ceballos’ primary options had Real Madrid not offered him an extension was to return to Real Betis. After all, he spent most of his early footballing years at the Benito Villamarin.

However, that too is reportedly no longer an option. Given the financial struggles Real Betis are faced with, signing Ceballos will only remain a dream given his high wages.

Los Blancos finally wrapped up the renewal of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric also looks set to sign a new deal. They can now focus their attention on the other players running out of contract.

Given that talks with Ceballos have already been initiated, one can expect rapid developments in the coming days. A lot, needless to say, will depend on the role Real Madrid are willing to offer in the team.

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‘No magic tomorrow’ – Ancelotti talks Haaland, Bellingham, Camavinga ahead of Man City vs Real Madrid



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Carlo Ancelotti has a huge task on his hands tomorrow as his Real Madrid side visit the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City for the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Last season’s game in the heart of Manchester did not end well for them as Pep Guardiola’s side put four past them without conceding any.

Ancelotti will need to make sure that with the game standing at 3-3, his side makes no mistakes tomorrow and comes out on top as victors.

However, he has left the onus on the players as opposed to on him or Guardiola.

“Football always belongs to the players. The first leg witnessed a very competitive and enjoyable encounter. The players will be the champions tomorrow,” the Italian said during his presser, as quoted by MARCA.

On Bellingham, Haaland, Camavinga

Talking about Bellingham’s statement from earlier where he said he works ‘more for the team now’ which has made him lose his scoring form, Ancelotti said:

“I ask everyone to work for the team and that means commitment. Jude scored many goals, which no one expected. But in general I ask to work for the team, whether Vinicius, Rodrygo or him. We are the team that concedes the least goals.”

“The league and this reflects that the teamwork is very good. The more quality players work, the greater the commitment.”

Ancelotti also spoke more about Bellingham, calling him an all-round modern-day footballer.

“He is a very modern player, with great technical ability and intelligence. Being a midfielder, he can cover many spaces and I expect a great future for him, because he is only 20 years old. At this age he is already very mature and exciting.

The conversation quickly shifted to Erling Haaland, and whether Ancelotti was worried about keeping him quiet, even though Madrid have done a brilliant job of not conceding a single goal against him in the last three games.

“If we talk about individuals, he remains one of Manchester City’s most dangerous players. The fact that he did not score in the first leg is down to the defence, but he can be the best centre-forward in the world and will always be dangerous,” Ancelotti replied.

Ancelotti pretty much confirmed the presence of Eduardo Camavinga in the starting XI tomorrow, not that it was ever in doubt.

“Are you sure he will play? (Laughs). Yes, come on, I think so too.”

Camavinga will be key. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

On the matchup

Manchester City, as the defending champions and arguably the best team in the world, have been deemed as favourites heading into the second-leg. According to Ancelotti, though, Real Madrid fans have no reason to be anxious.

“I think Real Madrid fans are calm, they are not worried. In this competition, you don’t have to be the most anxious, you have to be the happiest. This team has always competed in the Champions League. I don’t see the confrontation as worrying, Rather, trust.”

As for the game, Ancelotti said there will be no surprises tomorrow, like the 2021/22, as the two sides know each other well by now.

“(Laughs) No, no. We know each other very well. Don’t worry, I won’t practice magic tomorrow.”

The four-time Champions League winning-coach was also asked whether Man City vs Madrid is the modern-day El Clasico, as some people have been calling it due to their exciting games over the last few seasons.

“There are many teams in Europe that are very strong and can win this competition, but it is true that we have faced each other a lot in recent years and they have always been very interesting matches. Tomorrow our opponent will be the same, the competition will be amazing.”

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