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Dani Ceballos hopes Real Madrid won’t sell him

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Dani Ceballos admits his Real Madrid future is doubtful, but hopes to have another crack in proving himself next season.

Los Blancos signed up Ceballos in the summer of 2017 from Real Betis in an €18m deal following some superb displays in Seville.

Much was expected of the promising 22-year-old when he first arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Real boss Zinedine Zidane only started him nine times during his debut campaign before leaving in May 2018.

But the Frenchman’s exit changed Ceballos’ fortunes at Real as former managers Julen Lopetegui and, especially, Santiago Solari handed him more regular opportunities until Zidane returned in March.

Now, the Spain U-21 international could be on his way out as Real and Zidane look to cash in on players after spending a record €303m on new recruits this summer.

“I don’t want them to sell me,” Ceballos told Onda Cero.

“I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be. I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year [yet].”

“I play to have fun. I really wanted to show what I’m good at,” he said.

“This year hasn’t been my best season. I wanted to get things off my chest.”

Ceballos will be out for revenge on Sunday as Spain and Germany square off in the Euro U-21 final in a repeat of the 2017 final.

“They came out on top two years ago. It was a tactical masterclass. We have the opportunity for revenge,” he said.

“This team has room to improve and we’ve still not reached our best level. We hope to be at our best in the final.”

Ceballos managed three goals and two assists in 34 appearances for Real across all competitions last season.

The former Betis star is under contract until June 2023 and has a market value of €30m.

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – JUNE 27: Players of Spain celebrate the victory after the 2019 UEFA U-21 Semi-Final match between Spain and France at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on June 27, 2019 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)