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Real Madrid ace opens up on national team ambitions: “Would like to be the leader”

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Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has slowly become an integral member of the team this season. Thanks to his consistent displays, the 26-year-old was called up by Luis de la Fuente for national team duty with Spain, and the midfielder says that this call was simply inevitable.

“I was doing things very well at my club, getting minutes, and I knew I had the confidence of the coach,” said the 26-year-old as quoted by MARCA.

It must be remembered that the relationship between Ceballos and De la Fuente dates back to their tenure with the Spain Under-19 team.

De la Fuente was in charge of La Roja’s youth team between 2013 and 2018 and Ceballos was called up for the U-19 squad team for the first time in 2014.

“With him, I have lived some of the best moments of my sports career such as the European U-19 and U-21,” added the midfielder.

The 26-year-old added that playing for Spain is a symbol of immense pride and listening to the country’s national anthem on the field makes him very emotional.

“Listening to the anthem before a game is very emotional and I really like the atmosphere between teammates from different clubs that exist in the national team.”

Lastly, he also admitted that he would want to become the leader of the national team.

“Luis de la Fuente knows youngsters very well and is the ideal coach to promote a group with as much quality as this one. I would like to be one of the benchmarks in this team, being the leader of a team is one of the most beautiful things in football,” he concluded.

Away beyond his international career, Ceballos’ future with Real Madrid continues to hang in the air. His ongoing deal with the team ends at the end of the season and there is no update as to whether or not Madrid will extend his stay.

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Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.

Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.

The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.

A potential departure

As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.

Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.

Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.

A top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.

Agreement complete

As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.

As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.

Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.

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