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Real Madrid midfielder ‘disappointed’ with Tchouameni’s signing – report



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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.

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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”



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Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.

Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”

“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.

Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”

Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.

“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.

The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.

“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.

Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.

The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”

Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.

“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.

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