Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos finds himself in an increasingly interesting situation as his contract’s expiration date of June 30, 2023 draws nearer without any news of a renewal from the club. This lack of commitment has piqued the interest of various clubs, all eager to secure the talented midfielder for their squads.
According to Marca, Atlético Madrid have now joined the race, making a second call in recent weeks to inquire about Ceballos’ situation.
Other Premier League clubs have also expressed their interest in the player from Utrera, hoping to persuade him with enticing offers.
Despite being free to negotiate with other teams since January 1, Ceballos and his agents have not yet committed to a new club. While the former Real Betis player is not currently inclined to switch sides, the possibility remains open.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid remains focused on the remainder of the season and have opted to wait before making any decisions. The club’s management believe they hold the upper hand in negotiations and are confident that none of their players with expiring contracts have secured deals with other teams.
As the season progresses and certainties begin to emerge, Real Madrid will, apparently, take the necessary steps to solidify their plans.
However, with the ongoing interest from Atlético and other clubs, it is clear that Ceballos’ future at the Santiago Bernabéu remains uncertain.
The talented midfielder’s situation will undoubtedly be a topic of much discussion and speculation in the coming months, as it has been for the past few months.
Will Ceballos join Real Madrid’s local rivals?
The rivalry between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, two of the most successful football clubs in Spain, has a long and storied history. Known as the “Madrid Derby,” these matches showcase the intense competition between the two clubs from the Spanish capital, Madrid.
The rivalry has only intensified over the years as both teams have enjoyed success in domestic and international competitions.
The origins of the rivalry date back to 1903 when Atlético Madrid was founded as a youth branch of Athletic Bilbao. The club later separated and became a Madrid-based team.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, was established in 1902.
The two clubs’ first official match took place on February 21, 1929, in the inaugural season of La Liga, with Real Madrid emerging victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.
Throughout the years, the rivalry has evolved beyond the football pitch, reflecting the social and political divisions within Madrid. Real Madrid is often seen as the club representing the upper-class and conservative segments of society, while Atlético Madrid is associated with the working-class and leftist ideologies.
This social divide fuels the passion and intensity of the matches between the two clubs.
In terms of head-to-head encounters, Real Madrid has historically enjoyed the upper hand, winning more matches and securing more titles in both domestic and European competitions. However, Atlético Madrid has had its share of victories and has grown into a formidable force in recent years under the guidance of manager Diego Simeone.