As the World Cup approaches, players across the world seek to up their ante and win a ticket to Qatar for their National team. There are several criteria involved in this selection, but regular game time at the club level strikes as the most fundamental.
Unsurprisingly, some players who have not seen many minutes under Carlo Ancelotti now seek to depart the club in search of a new opportunity. One such player is Dani Ceballos.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, the Spaniard thinks he deserves more minutes for Real Madrid and is said to be feeling let down after Aurelien Tchouameni’s signing. With the Frenchman’s arrival, he sees his chances of starting next season go to near zero.
He has many options on the table but is in search of regular game time and Champions League football. However, a move to Real Betis cannot be ruled out as the player loves the Sevilla-based side.
Ceballos made his senior debut for Real Betis in 2014 when he received a call-up from the Under-19 side. He then spent three years at the Benito Villamarin before making the move to Real Madrid. It is not surprising that he sees a move back home as a realistic possibility.
In the recent La Liga season, the 25-year-old made only 11 appearances for the club and two starts. In the duration, he failed to have any direct goal contributions.
When Ceballos was asked last month about what he thinks of his former club, he said,
“I still keep the words I said, my love for that team is unconditional. I left Betis back in the day because there was no sports project and the team was fighting not to go down to the Second Division. Nothing is closed, I haven’t spoken to the club at all, you know what I think of Betis.”
It remains to be seen if the Andalusian club can accommodate Ceballos without selling players. Nevertheless, the fact that he has only one year left on his contract is good news for Betis fans.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.