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Update On The Future Of This Real Madrid Midfielder: Should Ancelotti Cut Him Loose?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport offered an update on the future of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. It is understood that the Villans are looking to sign the Spanish talent from Los Blancos this summer.

Ceballos’ Decent Season In La Liga

Ceballos had a solid campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after he put in a handful of impressive displays for the Madrid giants at the centre of the park. The Spanish sensation found the back of the net once and grabbed nine assists in 46 appearances for Real Madrid last season in various competitions.

The 26-year-old was a decent performer at the heart of Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield and deserves a ton of credit for averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in La Liga. He was even careful when distributing possession from midfield as he made 91.7% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

Ceballos is under contract at the Madrid club until the summer of 2027. Thus, Los Blancos have no immediate need to let the Spanish midfield ace go in this off-season.

Dani Ceballos
SEVILLE, SPAIN – MAY 27: Dani Ceballos of Real Madrid celebrates the team’s victory after the final whistle of the LaLiga Santander match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 27, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Cut Ceballos Loose This Summer?

Ceballos is a good tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his team when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. He can shoot the ball with venom from long range and has got the vision to create a few inviting chances for others around him in the final third.

The Spanish sensation can make a few energetic runs with the ball as well. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player or play in the number ten position if told to do so by his manager.

At 26, Ceballos is about to enter his prime and could be in line to be a regular starter at the Bernabeu in the coming seasons. He is still an important member of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti‘s match-day squad.

Thus, it makes no sense for the Madrid giants to cut Ceballos loose before the end of this summer transfer window as he could still help them compete for more major honours in the future.

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