According to a report in AS this afternoon, Real Madrid have changed their minds about Dani Ceballos, and now want the midfielder to stay with them for the new season.
The Madrid-based daily says that the Champions League exit to Man City has provoked something of a rethink in terms of their squad building for next season, and coupled with financial restrictions, it means they’re looking to maximise their current squad.
Not only that, the fine form displayed by the 24 year old in the final part of the season has gone a long way to convince Madrid chiefs that he is ready to, as they put it, ‘play at the highest level’.
His impressive performances in the FA Cup semi against City and in the final against Chelsea have demonstrated his progression as a player, and on that basis it seems as if our chances of getting him on loan again are now very slim.
Where there might be some hope, however, is the relationship between coach Zinedine Zidane and Ceballos. Theirs is an infamously difficult one, and last year the French World Cup winner was more than happy to let Dani join Arsenal.
The player’s desire to be part of the Spain squad for next summer’s Euros will play a part too. He will want regular football, and if he feels he won’t get that under Zidane, then he may seek to depart if he’s just going to be a peripheral member of the squad and not someone considered for first team action week in, week out.
It might also be a tactic to see if Arsenal will attempt a permanent deal for a player who became very important under Mikel Arteta.
Let’s see what happens.