With the January transfer window less than a month away, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding Real Madrid, especially with regard to the signing of a new centre-forward.
Los Blancos have had to make do without star striker Karim Benzema for a good chunk of the 2022/23 campaign due to injuries. The French ace was also ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar due to a thigh injury he sustained recently.
As things stand, Mariano Diaz is the only other natural striker available at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal. But the forward is out of favour at the club, forcing the manager to use Rodrygo Goes as a striker.
While the Brazilian has done well, he is not a natural No. 9 and reports had suggested that Ancelotti had requested the club to sign a new centre-forward in January to provide cover for Benzema.
However, Fabrizio Romano (via Caught Offside), has claimed that Real Madrid have no intentions to bring in any new players in January and that they wish to see out the remainder of the season with their current squad itself.
The only possibility of Real Madrid signing any players in the winter window would be for future targets like Endrick. As things stand, there is no plan to reinforce the senior squad in the upcoming window, Romano insisted.
This stands in line with what Ancelotti had said in the past. However, there does remain a concern about the depth in the centre-forward position, especially given Benzema’s recent fitness ordeals.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has missed nine of the 21 matches Los Blancos have played this season across all competitions. As iterated earlier, a thigh injury also ruled him out of the FIFA World Cup.
Despite that, it seems like Real Madrid have total faith in their current roster and will not be investing in any new players in January.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
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.