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Real Madrid to pay close attention on former player during World Cup

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Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on the developments of several players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and if a report from Diario SPORT is to be believed, one of them includes their former prodigy Take Kubo.

The 21-year-old Japan international, who passed his trial to join FC Barcelona’s youth Academy La Masia in 2011, joined Real Madrid in 2019 and was immediately sent on loan to Mallorca in search of regular first-team football.

Between 2019 and 2022, Kubo was shipped on loan to as many as three different teams, including Mallorca (twice), Villarreal and Getafe before being sold to Real Sociedad ahead of the ongoing season for a reported €6.5 million fee.

Interestingly enough, keeping his future in mind, Real Madrid decided to keep 50% of the Japanese player’s rights and will be able to buy him back as his contract includes a buy-back option too.

Over the years, Kubo has become more of an expert in Spanish La Liga, having appeared in more than 100 games in the competition. This season, he has made 17 appearances across all competitions for Real Sociedad while scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, SPORT has also mentioned that the Madrid management will also keep an eye on a certain Marco Asensio at the world event in Qatar. 

The 26-year-old winger ends his current deal at the end of the season and while he wishes to continue, the team management hasn’t made any movement in that regard as of today. But if he stands out among the rest at the world cup, the team might think of his continuity.

Speaking of targets that are being monitored, the aforementioned outlet says the likes of Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) are all in sight at the moment.

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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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