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Real Madrid midfielder already thinking about future as a coach – report

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At 26 years of age, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is still in the prime years of his career as a footballer. But the Spaniard is already starting to make preparations for his future after his playing career is over.

Indeed, as reported by Sergio Santos, Ceballos has his sights set on becoming a coach once he calls time on his career as a footballer. In fact, the Real Madrid star has already begun working on achieving that goal and is close to getting his Level 1 coaching badge soon.

Ceballos has been at Real Madrid since 2017 when he arrived from Real Betis. However, the midfielder has failed to nail down a spot in the starting XI due to the quality of competition at the club.

The midfielder’s current contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. While it appeared that he could depart in the summer as a free agent, Ceballos has turned his situation around with a string of impressive performances of late.

Real Madrid are ready to offer him a new contract and keep him at the club beyond this season. While his imminent future might appear sorted, the 26-year-old is already thinking of the phase after his playing career and desires to become a coach.

The report states that Ceballos is close to getting his Level 1 badge (equivalent to UEFA B License), which would allow him to train teams up until the Juvenil nacional category.

In recent months, the 26-year-old is said to have given his Level 1 exam while handing in papers that were needed to clear the level. At the same time, he has also been working with Real Madrid youth teams when he has a break from the hectic first-team schedule.

Over the years, Ceballos played under some top managers like Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique (Spain), Luis de la Fuente (Spain U-21), and his coaches from his time in Real Betis.

The report states that Arteta, in particular, has had the most impact on the Real Madrid midfielder in terms of his coaching.

It will certainly be interesting to see where this journey takes Ceballos, but there is still plenty of time for that chapter as the midfielder has a lot of years left in him as a footballer.

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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar

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Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.

During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.

Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker

Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.

In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.

“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.

Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”

The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.

Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

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