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Real Madrid star renewed contract knowing he will have prominent role next season

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Real Madrid managed to renew most of the long list of player contracts they had running out this summer. Some extension negotiations were relatively easy, while others ended in heartbreak. A third subset of players, however, spent a long time undecisive.

Dani Ceballos was one such member of the squad. The central midfielder seriously contemplated a departure from Real Madrid in the summer, but in the end, renewed his deal until 2027.

According to reports from AS, Ceballos’ priority in the renewal negotiations had nothing to do with the economic aspect of his contract. It was not a larger paycheck that he desired but a more prominent role in the team.

The Spanish international was far from being a regular starter last season. The likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde enjoyed more prime time on the field for Real Madrid, and Ceballos felt he deserved a larger piece of the cake.

On that front, Ancelotti had a big role to play in convincing him to renew. Ceballos now believes that he has a place in the team’s midfield despite the renewals of Kroos and Modric and even the arrival of Jude Bellingham.

This belief stems from the suggestions that Ancelotti will be shifting formations this season and deploying a 4-3-1-2 shape, with four central midfielders.

With four spots to contend for and the fact that Modric and Kroos are getting older has given Ceballos encouragement that he will have a bigger, more prominent role at Real Madrid next season.

The competition will still be quite stiff, given that the likes of Valverde, Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni will also be competing for the starting spots. But the potential new formation does leave room for more rotations to the starting XI.

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What is the price tag on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid jersey?

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Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked a frenzy among football fans, with the club swiftly making his iconic jersey available for purchase starting July 11. 

Notably, before July 11, eager fans could not get their hands on a jersey featuring Mbappe’s name and number 9, as he was under contract with PSG until June 30. 

However, once the clock struck July 11, enthusiasts could finally purchase his jerseys in various styles, prompting a rapid sell-out at the Adidas store within hours.

The pricing of these jerseys has garnered significant attention, varying not only by size but also by the type of jersey—Replica or Authentic—that fans choose, reports Diario AS.

Initially, the Real Madrid online store listed the Replica version of Mbappe’s jersey at €100, while the Authentic version, identical to those worn by the team’s players, was priced at €160. 

What are the prices of Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt?

Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt is being sold like a hotcake. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The highest-priced option is the Authentic Mbappe Men’s Home Kit Shirt, retailing at €185. This premium version allows fans to add additional patches such as La Liga or Champions League badges for an extra charge. 

Surprisingly, the women’s version of the jersey is priced equivalently, reflecting gender-neutral pricing practices, while the children’s edition is slightly more affordable at €130. 

Furthermore, even the youngest fans can join in the excitement with a baby version of the jersey priced at €80.

Meanwhile, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Mbappe Men’s Home Shirt comes in at €120. 

Fans can customize these shirts with either a La Liga or Champions League patch for an additional €15, affixed uniquely on the right sleeve, opposite the iconic HP logo on the left, a prominent sponsor of the club. 

These prices apply to the short-sleeved versions; opting for long sleeves incurs a slightly lower cost. 

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