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.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.