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Real Madrid ready to give up on the signing of 21-year-old superstar striker

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Journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon has said that Real Madrid have given up on the idea of signing Erling Haaland in the summer.

He also added that they are currently prioritising the renewal of midfielder Dani Caballos at the special request of Carlo Ancelotti.

Haaland, one of the most in-demand players at the moment, is a subject of interest of several top European teams, including the likes of Barcelona and even Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

City have been taking strategic steps in their pursuit, with the utmost being the extension of Guardiola himself. As MARCA reports, Haaland wants a guarantee that Guardiola should remain at City for a longer period of time if he is to don the blue of Manchester.

In that regard, talks between the Cityzens and Guardiola have been opened and if agreed, the former Barça coach would commit his future until 2025.

While City are approaching this deal slowly, there is also an interest from Bayern Munich. The Bavarians, in fact, had a meeting with Haaland’s camp in March, but nothing is finalised at the moment. 

Ceballos pushing for starting role

Midfielder Dani Ceballos, who enjoyed two successful loan tenures at Arsenal, has spent most of the current season on the sidelines. The 25-year-old missed the first half of the season with an ankle injury and has made a late comeback to make a final push in the starting XI.

If not for that injury, which he sustained during last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos would have been sold anyway. His persistence and commitment, however, has forced Carlo Ancelotti to reconsider his thoughts on the midfielder.

Ceballos’ current deal with Real ends in 2023 and while there has been no approach over a plausible extension, he hasn’t made it to the transfer list either.

MARCA says the manager mentioned his name in the list of players he would want to continue beyond the ongoing season, forcing the management to at least prepare an offer for the player who will be without a contract in 14 months.

And so, Ceballos’ situation has been altered altogether and the midfielder might as well have an offer on the table soon.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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