The challenges Real Madrid will face in 2023

Different situations go through the other three footballers who terminate their current contracts on June 30. Mariano is the one whose, besides a big surprise, his farewell is guaranteed at the end of the contract he signed in 2018 when he returned to the discipline of Madrid after a good year in the ranks of Olympique de Lyon in which he scored 21 goals , nine more than in five seasons with Real Madrid.

After several years of unsuccessful attempts to get him to pack his bags, June 30 will see his farewell, as it could also be for Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos.

Both started in Real Madrid’s last game of 2022, in the 0-2 win against Real Valladolid, playing 60 and 69 minutes respectively, but with little impact on the match.

Asensio already looked close to leaving the club last summer, even Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that he was not counting on him until his situation was resolved. However, he stayed, his role this season fell away and he still has no extension offer on the table when he is free to negotiate his next contract with any team from January 1.

Ceballos experienced a similar situation five months ago. He wanted more exposure and the arrival of Tchouaméni brought even more competition in midfield. Casemiro left and Ancelotti insisted that he would like him to stay as it was a different profile to the rest of his options, although he would not be given any higher status within the side for this reason.

With a return to Betis always hovering in his future, Ceballos, like Asensio, both aged 26, faces 2023 in view of his next career goals.

At the moment, Real Madrid’s tight schedule, with the opportunity to play up to eight games in the month of January, in three different competitions – LaLiga Santander, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup – will open the doors for them to play a bigger role.

Of the eight meetings, five are fixed. One of them depends on Real Madrid beating Valencia in the semi-finals of the Super Cup and the other two of Ancelotti’s men reaching the quarter-finals of the Cup.

A calendar that, until the end of February, has two more competitions -Club World Cup and Champions League- and a possible total of 17 matches in four different countries.

LaLiga Santander and the Copa del Rey in Spain, the European Super Cup in Morocco, the Club World Cup in Morocco in February and the first leg of the Champions League against Liverpool in England.

Hectic weeks for a Real Madrid that will play much of the future of its season in the next two months, while at the same time accelerating the rebuilding works of a Santiago Bernabéu that, according to Florentino Pérez’s latest forecast, will be ready for the summer of this year 2023.

First the coronavirus pandemic and then the Russian invasion of Ukraine caused the completion date to be delayed due to reduced supplies, but the new Bernabéu is already looming and its inauguration is one of the most anticipated moments for both the club and its hobby.

Source: El heraldo