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Real Madrid midfielder’s renewal now ‘closer than ever’

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As Real Madrid travel downtown to face Girona on Tuesday, Carlo Ancelotti has a long list of absentees. Most of the players excluded miss the game through fitness struggles but Dani Ceballos sits out owing to suspension.

The Spanish midfielder was far from prominent under Ancelotti in the initial months of the season.

But the manner in which the midfielder has turned around his situation over the past few months is inspiring. Ceballos is now a regular rotation player under the Italian tactician and is the manager’s first-choice backup in the advanced midfield.

According to reports from Sergio Santos (h/t Madrid Zone), Ceballos’ consistent performances have not gone unnoticed. His renewal at the club is now closer than ever and an official offer from the club is imminent.

Ceballos’ current contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. And Los Blancos will offer him a deal for either three or five years and hope to complete negotiations this week. However, the official announcement will only be made after the season.

Ceballos’ display against Villarreal in the stunning Copa de Rey comeback is said to be the turning point that convinced the club offices to renew him.

Los Blancos quickly went 2-0 down in the first half against the Yellow Submarines on the night at Estadio de la Ceramica.

However, Ceballos came on in the 56th minute and almost immediately provided the assist for Vinicius’ goal to make it 2-1. Four minutes from time, he got onto the end of Asensio’s assist to net Real Madrid’s winning goal.

In 23 La Liga appearances for the Merengues this season, the midfielder has provided two assists. Further, he averages 1.1 key passes per game and completes 92% of his passes.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report

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Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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