Dani Ceballos opens up on Real Madrid future amid exit links

Dani Ceballos has spoken out about his future at Real Madrid as the midfielder continues to be linked with an exit this summer.

Speaking to Deportes Cuatro, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has opened up on his future at the club, stating that he will hold talks with manager Carlo Ancelotti before making a decision.

Ceballos finds himself linked with an exit this summer as he has fallen further down the pecking order at the club after the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni. There is no shortage of interest in the Spanish midfielder either, with former club Real Betis, in particular, pushing hard to sign him.

The 25-year-old returned to Real Madrid last summer after spending two seasons out on loan at Arsenal. He missed the entirety of the first half of the season due to injury but played some minutes during the back end of the season. Ceballos finished the campaign with 18 appearances, in which he made one assist.

However, Ceballos is behind Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga in the pecking order. With the addition of Tchouameni, his prospects of playing regularly have taken a further hit. So, an exit does seem like a strong possibility for the 25-year-old Spaniard.

When quizzed about his future, Ceballos admitted that he had a decision to make, but claimed that he will first speak to manager Carlo Ancelotti and see what the Italian’s plans are. “I will speak with Ancelotti to see what he wants and from there I will decide my future,” the former Real Betis ace said.

The 25-year-old also revealed a gesture by the Real Madrid manager after the previous campaign, stating that Ancelotti had asked him for forgiveness due to the lack of minutes for the midfielder. “Ancelotti told me to forgive him because I didn’t play the minutes I should have played and that honors him,” Ceballos revealed.

Ceballos’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2025. As things stand, a permanent departure would be the ideal solution for the midfielder, especially in a World Cup year when he needs to be playing regularly. However, Real Madrid are not ruling out the possibility of extending his contract and keeping him at the Bernabeu.

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