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Real Madrid offer a new contract to Spaniard until 2026, but no improved role or salary

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After a rather difficult start to the season when game-time was hard to come by, Dani Ceballos has forced his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid. While he is still not a permanent starter, the Spaniard has proven himself to be a valuable player, especially in the second half of the campaign.

And with his current contract with the club expiring on June 30, Real Madrid have made moves to try and tie him down to a new deal at the club.

Indeed, according to Onda Betica, Real Madrid have tabled a three-year contract proposal to Ceballos, which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2026. However, the new offer does not come with an increase in salary nor an improvement in his role within the team.

Ceballos already finds himself behind Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Federico Valverde in the pecking order while Eduardo Camavinga is also ahead of him when being used as an interior midfielder.

And with Real Madrid set to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer and there being some interest in Gabri Veiga as well, things could get even more difficult for the 26-year-old former Real Betis ace at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

The former Arsenal loanee has previously maintained that he prioritises staying at the club. But, with no improvement in his role and no hike in wages, it remains to be seen if Ceballos would be willing to continue as a Real Madrid player beyond the current campaign.

Ceballos’ representatives will likely meet with Real Madrid officials at the end of the season to discuss the next move. For now, though, there is an offer on the table and the midfielder will assess all possible options before deciding.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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