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Real Madrid want to retain out-of-favour midfielder

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According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to keep Dani Ceballos on their team for the upcoming season. 

They believe that the former Real Betis midfielder will be very valuable to their coach, Carlo Ancelotti, especially since Toni Kroos has retired.

This decision is quite surprising because Ceballos played a secondary role last season. 

Despite this, Real Madrid understand that they have a busy season ahead with seven different competitions to compete in. These include the League, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Intercontinental Cup. 

Given this packed schedule, they think Ceballos can be very helpful to Ancelotti.

Staying put

Interestingly enough, Real Madrid do not plan to transfer Ceballos unless they receive an exceptional offer for him

There have been rumours about Real Betis being a potential destination for the midfielder, but Angel Haro, Betis’ president, has recently downplayed these rumours, saying, 

“The probability of him returning to Betis is remote, to say the least. We understand that he renewed with Real Madrid to play there,” he said

Real Madrid want Dani Ceballos to stay. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

This suggests that there will likely be no major drama regarding Ceballos’s future this summer.

A season of failed promises

Almost a year ago, Ceballos extended his contract until 2027, with the promise that he would play a significant role in the team. 

However, this promise has not been fulfilled. Despite Ancelotti’s personal efforts to convince Ceballos to stay, the midfielder only played a total of 862 minutes, spread over 27 games in all competitions.

Ancelotti had several personal conversations with Ceballos to persuade him to remain at the club, but the player has not seen much game time. 

This limited playtime indicates that Ceballos’ role has not matched the importance he was promised when he renewed his contract.

Despite that, it appears that the European champions intend to keep hold of the Spanish midfielder.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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