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Amid Real Madrid interest, Dani Ceballos focused on winning the Euro U21

The Betis young midfielder Dani Ceballos is under contract with his club until 2020, but his release clause is only €15 million, which fueled speculations about a possible Real Madrid transfer. The young Spanish midfielder has told Marca that he is aware of what will happen with him after the Euro U21 in Poland.

Ceballos has shined during the tournament and attracted the attention of the biggest European clubs. “I am well aware of what will happen with me after the European championship”, Ceballos told to the Marca newspaper. He said that, after the tournament he will speak to the Betis manager Quique Setien in the first place and then, after another conversation with his family, he will decide where he will play next season. Ceballos also added that he has a good contract with Betis and it will expire in 3 years.

Ceballos is a good friend with Real’s young star Marco Asensio off the field. He has said that they have been roommates for quite some time, during their spells with the Spain U21 national team and have already created a special relationship.

“I’m very happy to be in U-21 team with players who have won a Champions League and who are competing on a daily basis for their places in a big team. When step on the pitch we understand each other, we know our football. It is very easy to play with them”, said Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and other U-21 players.

The Betis midfielder said that he tries to go unnoticed and not to follow the media a lot, especially at the time he has been at the Euro U-21, because the headlines could possible divert his attention from the major goal – to win the tournament. “I don’t have to think beyond Friday, I have to be prepared to play at my best, to be humble and think about the game”, explained Ceballos, who determined to win the Euro U21.

He says that all the players in the Spain’s U21 team have been working very hard for the last 2 years and now they are very close to achieve their goal.

On a personal level Ceballos believes that he has taken the chances he has been given by the Spain’s U21 manager Albert Celades. He has played 30 minutes against Macedonia and then started the games against Portugal, Serbia and Italy.

Dani Cebalos is full of admiration with his U21 teammate Saul Niguez saying about him: “He is the engine of this selection. He reaches all the balls, he gives us an advantage in the aerial game, he is a midfielder who scores goals. His contribution is crucial for the teams success”.

The Betis midfielder thinks that his best position on the pitch in No 8. “I like to play for the team and to be involved in the game as much as possible. No 8 position is where I feel comfortable”. He explains that he usually needs to go back to get the ball and distribute it a lot at his club Betis, but the No 8 position is the one where he could put his the best performances.

The player has also said that after the tournament he will need to disconnect himself from football for a while and to spend some time with his friends and his family. With an expected transfer fee of around £26 million (€30), he is a “real bargain” at this summer’ transfer window.

He would be an ideal replacement for Iniesta at some point and Barcelona know that. The Catalan club has also been tracking the player and it is believed that they would offer him even better terms that their Madrid rivals.

Ceballos would be also an ideal signing for a number of Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea who like to play a high position football.

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