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Real Madrid yet to finalise the futures of Spanish duo – report

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Carlo Ancelotti is very clear about the idea that whatever piece of business Real Madrid wanted to do in the summer is as well and truly settled. But while he is not expecting any more incomings, the future of two key players hangs in the balance.

The players in question are Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos. The duo understands that despite a positive repertoire, they are well below the pecking order and with the FIFA World Cup looming, they need minutes in their tank to get a place in the Spanish national team.

Hence, it has become evident that the future of both Asensio and Ceballos is uncertain. This potentially means Real Madrid would not stand in their way if any last-minute offer comes knocking on the door.

Spanish publication Diario AS says the players are aware of the fact that Madrid cannot guarantee them regular minutes, hence, whatever chances are presented will be crucial for them to capitalize.

Now, Ancelotti has time and again mentioned that he wants everyone in the current roster to stay, but if the players themselves will push for a move, no one will stand in their ways.

“At this moment in time they’re both still here and working well,” Ancelotti was quoted as saying.

“But, if something changes in their heads, we’ll adapt.

“We have a deep squad, we want to give all players minutes and we have a World Cup in the middle. So, we’ll rotate more than last season,” he added.

It must be noted that both Ceballos and Asensio are liked by Ancelotti, but it’s just that the order of preference for the Italian is different. 

Take Ceballos for instance. He was one of Madrid’s best players during the pre-season tour but Aurelien Tchouameni’s arrival will only make life difficult for him. Asensio, on the other hand, is the victim of a similar situation as Rodrygo has gained favourable ground ahead of him.

Hence, with the roster pretty much stacked, it won’t be until the end of the transfer window that anyone will know what’s there in the offer for Ceballos and Asensio.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report

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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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