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La Liga club president breaks silence on transfer interest in Real Madrid midfielder

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Dani Ceballos renewed his contract with Real Madrid less than a year ago, reportedly assured of regular playing time by Carlo Ancelotti.

The Spanish star, however, saw his role largely limited to the bench last season amidst intense competition in midfield. He played only 600 minutes in La Liga and just over 150 minutes in the UEFA Champions League.

His drought for minutes clearly makes him a strong candidate to leave this summer. Unsurprisingly, his childhood club Real Betis have emerged as one of his potential destinations.

Betis President discusses Ceballos

The 27-year-old has frequently been linked with a move to Real Betis in recent years given his connection with the club. Los Verdiblancos, for their part, have also shown keen interest in reuniting with the player.

Ceballos has been linked with a move to Real Betis. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media earlier in the week, Real Betis President Angel Haro was asked about the possible signing of Ceballos this summer.

“Ceballos? Today it is a remote option, but the market is putting things in place. Today there is no open negotiation with Dani,” he said via Mundo Deportivo.

“We do not know what may happen in the medium term. We are obliged to prepare all possible economic scenarios and when the club requires that we have alternatives, we will be prepared to take that step forward,” he added, keeping the door open.

Looking for the right offer

Ceballos is said to have communicated his desire to leave to the Real Madrid administration. The club, in turn, have stated that they will not block an exit if a suitable offer is made.

Los Blancos are reportedly looking to recover at least €20 million from Ceballos’ sale, a figure that Real Betis cannot currently afford.

Interest from Atletico Madrid and Girona has been registered but it is unclear if they are willing to shell out the said amount for the 27-year-old.

As it stands, Ceballos is set to return to training at the Valdebebas later this week. After all, negotiating the terms of his exit may well stretch into the final weeks of the transfer window.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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