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Real Madrid midfielder’s entourage not ruling out loan exit after contract renewal



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Earlier today, Real Madrid confirmed the contract extension of midfielder Dani Ceballos. The 26-year-old’s old deal was expiring on June 30 and after a lot of deliberation and negotiations, the Spaniard has penned a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2027.

A player that has been with the Merengues for six years, Ceballos has been unable to become a regular starter. But the midfielder offers plenty of value which is why manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club pushed to renew him and have been successful.

However, heading into the new season, Ceballos finds competition for places in midfield more intense than ever. And as such, his entourage is not ruling out the possibility of a loan exit in the summer, reports El Chiringuito.

Indeed, as things stand, Ceballos is potentially the sixth-choice midfielder in Ancelotti’s plans ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Given the money that has been spent on signing Jude Bellingham, he too is bound to be a regular starter in midfield.

And, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric renewing for one more year, they will continue to have important roles, even though they might feature less prominently than before.

Eduardo Camavinga is set to become a regular starter in midfield after his impressive displays last season. Meanwhile, Federico Valverde is a mainstay and will continue to be a key cog in the scheme of things, be it in midfield or on the right wing.

As such, Ceballos might find minutes hard to come by next season as well. Hence, the possibility of a season away on loan is not off the table. After all, the 26-year-old needs to play regularly if he wishes to make the Spain squad for the UEFA Euro 2024.

And, the midfielder’s chances of becoming a regular fixture at the Bernabeu would increase in 2024/25 when both Modric and Kroos are likely to retire or move on.

It remains to be seen if Ceballos does end up leaving on loan this summer, but his entourage is not dismissing the possibility as of now.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament



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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.


Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.


Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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