A latest report from MARCA has offered a comprehensive update on Real Madrid’s preparation for the season ahead, with the club specifically focusing on player contracts.
With so many players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season, it will be imperative for the club to hand them new deals, especially to players who are undisputed members of the first-team.
The likes of Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, therefore, are slated to receive renewals. But the report also suggests that Dani Ceballos will receive a renewal as well.
This is because the former Arsenal starlet has surprised everyone with his performances since the turn of the year. He has become a mainstay for Real Madrid in the middle of the park, having notably started all of the last four league matches.
Although Real Madrid do not see him as an undisputed starter in the long run, they are going to hand him a renewal. It is an idea that seemed unthinkable a few months ago.
But in line with Real Madrid’s policy, they are offering contracts strictly based on performances and are not ruling out an extension for any player, except perhaps Mariano Diaz. Ceballos is one of the players who stand to gain.
However, it will be interesting to see how the events unfold in the coming weeks, knowing Ceballos might want regular game-time. Not to mention, he has been targeted by a few top clubs across Europe, including cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.
On top of that, Real Madrid are prioritising a summer move for Jude Bellingham, whose potential arrival at the Bernabeu could dwindle Ceballos’ role in the first-team. Hence, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard this summer.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.