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.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.