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Real Madrid see Liverpool target as the missing piece to complete midfield transition

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Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham is all the rage in the transfer market currently, with a host of top clubs vying for his signing next summer.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous rise in stature over the last couple of seasons in Germany and has firmly established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game.

On top of that, Bellingham has also become an important part of the England national team. The teenager made his World Cup debut with the Three Lions earlier this week against Iran and put in a starring display, even scoring a goal on the day.

Real Madrid have had their eyes on Bellingham for a long time now and have been working on his signing for the summer of 2023.

Indeed, MARCA reports that Los Blancos see the teenager as the missing piece of the puzzle as they look to complete their transition from the legendary midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro to that of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Bellingham.

Real Madrid saw Casemiro leave this past summer, with Tchouameni replacing the Brazilian icon. Modric and Kroos are in the final phase of their respective careers and are unlikely to continue for much longer.

With Camavinga still a bit rough around the edges, adding someone like Bellingham, who has displayed great maturity beyond his age is seen as the next step in the transition.

However, Liverpool stand in the way of Real Madrid in pursuit of Bellingham. The Reds are said to be still seething from missing out on Tchouameni last summer, with the Frenchman opting to to join the Merengues over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Hence, they are extra-motivated to beat Real Madrid to the signing of the England international in 2023. Along with Liverpool, their Premier League rivals Manchester City are also in the race and wish to take advantage of Bellingham’s friendship with Erling Haaland.

Dortmund, for their part, are resigned to losing their prized asset next year. While they extended his contract until 2025, the German club failed to insert a €150 million release clause in it. But, Bellingham is still expected to cost more than €100 million, especially if he continues to shine at the World Cup.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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