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Real Madrid will not renew two players whose contracts expire in 2023 – report

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Spanish publication MARCA has offered an update on the Real Madrid squad, offering a detailed report on the future of some of the players whose contracts at Santiago Bernabeu are set to expire in the coming future.

Included in that long list is Mariano Diaz. The former Lyon forward has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid and as per the report, he will not be offered any contract extension by the club.

This comes as no surprise as the forward has featured in only 25 minutes of football all season. Even as Real Madrid struggle in finding a reliable alternative for star striker Karim Benzema, it appears Diaz has no prospects in this current squad.

With his current deal expiring at the end of the season, Real Madrid are determined to get rid of the forward in the coming future. As a matter of fact, the club could even look to offload the player in the upcoming January transfer window.

The same goes for Dani Ceballos. Although the former Real Betis starlet has been far more useful than Diaz, he simply has not done enough to earn a new deal at Santiago Bernabeu. Hence, a summer exit could be on the horizon for the midfielder.

Ceballos has earned only two starts in the league this season. He was a useful bench player for Carlo Ancelotti at one point, but his progress was derailed by an unfortunate injury.

Although the Spaniard has returned to full fitness, it appears unlikely that he will be given the nod ahead of players such as Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

Youth player Sergio Arribas’ rapid rise to prominence does not help his cause either, while the club continue to harbour hopes of signing Jude Bellingham next summer.

Hence, Ceballos is another Real Madrid player who is in contention to depart Santiago Bernabeu in the near future, with a renewal unlikely to be forthcoming.

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  1. Mokgothu Leboko

    November 17, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Truly speaking with Ceballos,I think it is a matter of team of weighing player potential thus trying to create space by removing player like him.This guy played a very good role in Madrid having obtained all the accolades of last season.He came as a substitute in most of the time when the team performance was poor and he instilled courage to teammates,like in that game where he was afforded a penalty after being kicked by the defender.He is been given a less time of play whereas he can make a good deal of impact to the Play.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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