With Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos set to become a free agent at the end of the season, his former club Real Betis have set the wheels in motion to re-sign him in the summer of 2023, reports Diario AS.
Regarded as one of the finest products of the Betis youth setup, Ceballos was snapped up by Real Madrid in the summer of 2017. However, the midfielder struggled for game-time at the Bernabeu owing to the presence of elite stars like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
Eventually, Ceballos spent two seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning last year, when he was expected to be sold, only for an injury to put an end to those plans.
Having recovered from his injury, the Spaniard played a role, albeit a small one, in Real Madrid’s La Liga and UEFA Champions League double last season. There were rumours about an exit once again this past summer, with Real Betis showing an interest.
However, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to keep hold of him, with Ceballos also indicating he was happy to stay. While he has not featured regularly enough, the midfielder has done well when given a chance and has earned the trust of the manager.
Despite that, Real Madrid are yet to open talks over a new deal for the Spanish ace. And as things stand, he will become a free agent next year. And, Real Betis are already working on re-signing their former ace as a free agent.
As per the report, Los Verdiblancos have already taken the first steps and made several approaches to explore the possibility of the transfer next summer.
At 26, Ceballos is at a crucial juncture in his career and feels that he needs to be playing regularly. And he has previously hinted that he would be open to returning to Betis if an opportunity arrived.
Currently out with an injury, the midfielder is unlikely to play until next month, which has put his chances of earning a spot in the Spain squad for the FIFA World Cup in jeopardy. As for his future, only time will tell how things pan out.
Jude Bellingham back in training with Real Madrid ahead of Atletico Madrid clash
After Jude Bellingham left Real Madrid’s training session early on Friday due to stomach problems, there were some concerns among the fans.
After all, Los Blancos are facing their biggest test of the season so far as they take on neighbours Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Bellingham back in training
But, on the eve of the match, the worries have been put at ease as Bellingham is training with the rest of the Real Madrid squad as per normal, reports Mario Cortegana.
The England international has been the most standout performer for Los Blancos in the ongoing campaign.
In six matches across all competitions, Bellingham has already scored six goals and set up one more, playing an important part in the club’s 100% winning start to the campaign.
Naturally, there were alarm bells ringing when he had to leave training early yesterday due to a stomach bug.
But it appears that all is well with the former Birmingham City starlet and he will be ready to face Atletico in his first ever Madrilenian derby on Sunday.
Dani Carvajal ruled out
While Bellingham will likely be available for selection, the same cannot be said about Dani Carvajal.
The right-back missed the midweek game against Union Berlin and scans on Friday showed that he is still not ready to make a comeback.
As such, Carvajal is absent from training today and will be unavailable for the derby against Los Rojiblancos.
Vinicius Jr was also seen training with the rest of the team today, although it remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti decides to call him up for the derby.
Meanwhile, Arda Guler has resumed training on the pitch, but will likely have to wait to make his debut for Real Madrid.