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Real Madrid winger could be given ‘second life’ at club depending on World Cup performances



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Marco Asensio was one of the revelations for Spain during their opening World Cup game against Costa Rica, with the forward starring in a number nine role.

In the aftermath of the victory, Asensio seemed quite content in his new role and was happy with the way Luis Enrique utilised him. With that in mind, a recent report from Diario AS has offered an update on his situation, suggesting his World Cup performances could greatly affect his future at Real Madrid.

Asensio’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu, after all, expires at the end of the season. Many had initially expected him to depart the club on a free transfer in 2023, especially with Barcelona among the clubs interested in his services.

However, over the past few months, Asensio has fought back well and has been performing brilliantly when given the opportunity. His recent performances with the Spanish national team are just a testament to the improvements he has made as a player.

In addition to his experience and pedigree of playing in the final third, Asensio has even become a competent number nine, which should only help him make a case for earning a contract extension for Real Madrid.

This is because Los Blancos have always lacked a proper alternative for Karim Benzema. And with the club unlikely to pursue Erling Haaland until 2024, the option of having Asensio as a backup could be useful for Carlo Ancelotti. It may also help the player gain more prominence in the first team.

Therefore, everything indicates that Asensio could be set for a prolonged stay at Santiago Bernabeu. The player is open to the idea despite links with Barcelona recently. However, it will be interesting to how things transpire in the coming month.

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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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