According to The Athletic, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos’ future will be decided only at the end of the season. The Spaniard has explored other options on the table but is currently prioritising continuing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ceballos has grown in stature gradually in the ongoing campaign and is set for a prominent role in the coming weeks due to the injury-enforced absence of Luka Modric.
The Spanish international has earned that chance with repeated impressive performances on the pitch, which have even prompted the Real Madrid faithful to chant his name and ask him to stay at the club during matches at the Bernabeu.
That was the case again this past Saturday as Real Madrid cruised to a win over UD Almeria, with Ceballos impressing with his performance in midfield.
The midfielder’s contract expires on June 30 and even though it has been said that Real Madrid have called him up to discuss a new deal, The Athletic claims that any decision over his future will only be made at the end of the season.
Ceballos, for his part, is understood to have met with a reputed representation agency to assess what kind offers he might have if he were to leave Real Madrid.
The midfielder is not looking to return to England after having a mixed experience during his time on loan at Arsenal. His priority is to continue in Spain even if he would leave Madrid. If it is not possible, Germany and Italy would also be possible avenues.
There have been talks of Atletico Madrid having made an approach for Ceballos, although he is believed to have knocked it back. The midfielder remains keen on staying with the Merengues as things stand.
But with Jude Bellingham’s potential arrival in the summer, his situation could deteriorate as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are also expected to renew. So, it will be interesting to see what Ceballos decides in the coming weeks.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.