In the summer of 2018, Real Madrid announced the signing of a promising midfielder from Real Betis, Dani Ceballos. The Spaniard was signed for a fee worth 18 million euros and penned a six-year deal with Los Blancos who considered the midfielder to be a vital player for the future.
Two seasons later, Ceballos was loaned out to Arsenal and after two underwhelming loan spells with the Gunners, Ceballos has returned to the Spanish capital aged 25 and is keen on impressing Carlo Ancelotti. While the former Betico man has no intentions of leaving the club, Real are open to the idea of parting ways with Ceballos for the right sum.
Madrid struggled to find a suitor for Ceballos during the summer but Onda Betica reports that a deal with Betis was sealed at the very last hour for a move in January.
The report further states that the 24-year-old will return to his former side for the remainder of the season in the winter transfer window and will continue until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Real Betis are also reportedly set to pay 20% of his salary and are obligated to sign Ceballos for 15-20 million at the end of his loan spell.
However, MadridistaReal denies any such agreement between either club but reassures that there is interest from Real Betis who highly value their former player. Meanwhile, they also state that Dani Ceballos is determined to prove a point this season.
Could this be Dani Ceballos’ last season at Real Madrid?
In my opinion, this is most likely Dani Ceballos’ last season and the former Arsenal star might leave in January itself. Following the signing of Eduardo Camavinga, Carlo Ancelotti will look to trim his midfield down and Ceballos could be the first name on the list of unwanted players.
There’s no denying that Dani Ceballos is a fantastic midfielder but more often than not he struggles to put on a show. Consistency seems to be a serious issue with Ceballos and inconsistent performances simply cannot be accepted at a club like Real Madrid.
Real Betis seem to be the only serious suitors for the 24-year-old at the moment and a deal could be struck in January itself. It’s an unfortunate ending for Ceballos at Real Madrid as he had all the potential to succeed and become a prominent name, but there’s a reason why not everyone is able to succeed at a club like Madrid.