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Real Madrid star waiting on team’s summer movements to decide on his future – report

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Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos ends his contract at the end of the season and while the 26-year-old does want to stay, things might not turn out that way in the summer.

At the moment, AS claims that Ceballos is not demanding first-team football. On the contrary, what he wants is to have a responsible role at the club and this remains key to his continuity.

Now, over the past few weeks, the former Arsenal loanee has gotten more minutes and has become the first-choice choice off the bench for the engine room. Although that does excite him, Madrid’s movement in the summer transfer window can change everything for Ceballos.

It is a known fact that Real Madrid prioritize signing Jude Bellingham and this is an operation that could cost more than €120 million. 

The feelings in the Real Madrid camp are pretty much positive and while the player is looking forward to the move, all that remains for Real Madrid is to convince Borussia Dortmund.

In that regard, while Madrid do have a great relationship with Dortmund, the fact that the German team is looking to offer him a new contract with a release clause worth €150 million might pose a problem.

If he does end up signing the contract, there will be no bidding war as whoever activates it will get the midfielder, but of course, the player will have his say in it. As a result, Madrid have identified Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga as an alternative.

Any reinforcement in midfield is going to hamper Ceballos’ playing time next season as both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are also nearing new deals at the Bernabeu.

This means in addition to the veteran duo, the team will have Federico Valverde, Bellingham/Veiga, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Ceballos in midfield. A lot of talent and a lot of competition.

Everything regarding Ceballos will be decided towards the end of the season, but Madrid do want to keep him at the club and he wants to stay as well. However, all that could change depending on how the club’s summer operations work out.

So the next few weeks are going to be crucial as the team will hold further talks with Carlo Ancelotti and Ceballos’ representatives to discuss the plan of action.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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