After weeks of rumours and uncertainty, it looks like the Dani Ceballos saga is finally going to be over and completed in the next few hours after the player flew up to Madrid on Sunday evening.
With him always likely to leave, many Betis fans were hopeful the young superstar to-be would sign a new contract and gather more la liga experience before flying the nest, not to mention increase his buy-out clause in the meantime. However, it looks like Dani is seizing the opportunity whilst it’s there and is set to sign on the dotted line for the Primera and Champions League winners.
By the ridiculous transfer fees we’ve already seen this summer, Real Madrid are getting an absolute bargain at €18m. This figure is €3m more than Ceballos’ release clause, which Madrid have offered in order to stave off interest from Barcelona and secure the deal. The deal has not been fully confirmed yet but it will be very soon.
Club president Angel Haro admitted defeat on Monday, saying, “Ceballos rejected a contract offer from Betis. He has an agreement with Madrid and in the next few hours we’ll be talking about everything. It will be resolved in days or hours.”
With Betis’ permission, Ceballos travelled to Madrid from Jerez de la Frontera via private jet to complete the deal and medical.
Dani recently won the European U21 player of the tournament and has been highly sought after this season and last after being Betis’ stand out player, you can read my thoughts about Ceballos the next la liga star here.
For Betis, life goes on. So far we’ve certainly strengthened the squad and I’m sure Haro and Serra had an inkling that Dani would be moving on, so hopefully will have someone lined up. We’ve been linked with Ceballos friend and soon-to-be Real Madrid teammate, Marcos Llorente, Zenit midfielder Javi Garcia and Sergio Canales.
As for Dani, we wish him the best of luck. Signing for Madrid doesn’t come round every day and he’s going to be joining a couple of his good mates who he’s played with for the youth levels of Spain for a number of years, including Marco Asensio, Llorente and Jesus Vallejo. He’s been the heart of Betis for the last few years, despite his tender age, and has given his all every time he played, and for that, he will be fondly remembered.