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Real Madrid plan to replace wantaway midfielder with academy duo

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As reported earlier today, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is eager to leave the club this summer.

The Spanish midfielder is eager to play regularly, something that has been an issue throughout his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, even though he signed a new four-year contract in 2023, Ceballos is now leaning towards an exit, even though the club wish to retain his services.

Real Madrid’s plan to replace Ceballos

If Ceballos does end up getting his wishes and leaves Real Madrid, the club do not plan on signing a replacement this summer, reports The Athletic.

Indeed, even though Toni Kroos has already retired and Ceballos might end up leaving now, there are no plans to sign a new midfielder in the transfer window.

Instead, Real Madrid will promote one of their enterprising young midfielders from the Castilla setup in Nico Paz or Mario Martin, the report states.

Mario Martin could have a first-team spot next season. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Both Nico and Martin have tasted first-team football under Ancelotti during the season gone by and have proven themselves capable and ready to make the step up from the reserve team to the senior setup.

As such, if Ceballos does end up bidding goodbye this summer, Real Madrid will likely promote one of Nico or Martin to the senior setup while it is not entirely ruled out that both have increased roles under Ancelotti.

Nico Paz, 19, made his first-team debut for Real Madrid in November last year and has since gone on to feature eight times, even scoring a goal in the UEFA Champions League.

Mario Martin, 20, made his first senior appearance in a Madrid derby in January 2023 and has played four times in total for Ancelotti’s side.

Real Madrid have no shortage of talent and quality in their midfield department. But if Ceballos ends up moving on, one or both of Nico and Martin could end up featuring more in Ancelotti’s plans.

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  1. Hala_Madrid

    July 1, 2024 at 11:19 am

    Both. Nico and Mario should be promoted to the first team if or when Ceballos leaves.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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