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Update On The Future Of This Real Madrid Midfielder: Should Ancelotti Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Marca offered an update on the future of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos could let the Spanish midfield ace leave next summer when his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium comes to an end.

Ceballos’ Limited Role In Spanish Football This Season

Ceballos has played a sporadic role in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad during this campaign as he has struggled to make himself a regular starter at the Madrid club. The Spaniard has featured in 11 matches for Los Blancos this season, picking up one assist in the process on all fronts.

The 26-year-old has seen most of his playing minutes come off the bench but has done well to average 0.9 tackles and 1.0 key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 93.3% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Ceballos is currently on an expiring contract at the Bernabeu. With his game time cut short so far this season, it makes sense for the player to opt for a change of scenery next year in search of greener pastures.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Let Ceballos Go Next Summer?

Ceballos is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some important interceptions for his side at the centre of the park when he is playing at the top of his game on the field. The Spanish sensation has also got the vision to cut open the opposition’s defence with a decisive pass in the final third. He is an accurate passer of the ball as well but is currently lacking in confidence due to limited game time on the field.

At 26, Ceballos’ best years are ahead of him. Plus, he is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also play in the number ten position or as a left-sided winger if needed. However, he is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he has fallen behind Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in Carlo Ancelotti‘s pecking order.

Hence, it is only fair to the player if Real Madrid allow him to leave on a free transfer when his contract runs down at the end of this campaign. Another option for Los Blancos would be to cash in on him on a cut-price fee this January which will allow Ancelotti to re-invest the money from his potential sale to strengthen other areas of his squad.

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