Dani Ceballos is the only Real Madrid player left with an expiring contract whose fate at the club hangs in the balance. After months of negotiations, Los Blancos finally secured contract extensions for stalwarts like Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Nacho Fernandez. Meanwhile, Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Karim Benzema have departed for greener pastures.
According to reports from Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have presented Ceballos with an improved three-year contract in hopes that the 26-year-old Spanish midfielder will continue his journey at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The club and manager Carlo Ancelotti have made their affection for the player abundantly clear. The fans echoed this sentiment during last weekend’s match against Athletic Club, chanting “Ceballos, stay!” in unison.
While Real Madrid’s proposal includes a wage increase, he has yet to put pen to paper. He is said to be weighing his options carefully, recognizing the fierce competition for spots in Los Blancos’ midfield.
With Kroos, Modric, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and the newly-signed Jude Bellingham jostling for opportunities, Ceballos may struggle for playing time if he stays.
The Future of Ceballos Remains Uncertain at Real Madrid
Reports indicate he has received offers from clubs in Spain and Italy. Noticeably absent is his former team Real Betis, who have not yet come to the table with a proposal.
With less than three weeks left on his current contract, Ceballos faces a tense waiting game to determine where his future lies. Will the lure of remaining at one of the biggest clubs in the world and his professed love of the Real Madrid badge win out?
Or will the promise of more minutes on the pitch steer him to pastures new? Only time will tell how this transfer saga unfolds.