Not that long ago, Dani Ceballos seemed to be heading for the exit door at Real Madrid but now there is talk of a new deal.
Dani Ceballos has impressed in his last few matches for Real Madrid after finally being handed a couple of starts.
Out of contract in 2024, many expected him to make his exit this summer on a permanent deal after five years of trying to crack the first team.
Now, however, there is speculation in many Spanish outlets that a new contract could be forthcoming, although that will be discussed in the summer.
AS write, “A renewal of Ceballos would allow savings assuming a salary in the middle of the salary scale while maintaining the depth of the squad, which would only lose Isco in relation to the current list of midfielders.”
While Marca say, “At Real Madrid, what is very clear with Dani Ceballos is that in no case would he leave free as some clubs have claimed throughout the season. The Andalusian is opposing to continue dressed in white for some time.
“His contract ends in 14 months, but what seemed like a clear sale in the next market has changed. The door of continuity and even the extension of the contract has been opened, but there is no decision.”
The cynic in me wonders if there is much truth to any of this beyond a new deal simply to protect Ceballos’ resale value and to stop him leaving for free after Real Madrid paid £14.85m for him.
For all the talk of Carlo Ancelotti liking Ceballos, he has played him just 14 times, which is three fewer than Unai Emery at Arsenal and a fraction of the 60 games Mikel Arteta gave him. It should be noted, however, that Ceballos did miss the first half of this season with an injury picked up at the Olympics which has no doubt limited that number.
The La Liga title is wrapped up and Carlo Ancelotti can now afford to give more time on the pitch to Ceballos, who is playing well, as I mentioned.
But will a few matches at the end of the season be enough for Real Madrid to make a drastic change to how they use the former Arsenal midfielder, going forward?