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Dani Ceballos: Real Madrid haven’t seen the best of me yet!

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Dani Ceballos believes Zinedine Zidane’s return won’t hinder his game time at Real Madrid and declared that fans are yet to see the best of him.

On the back of some impressive displays at Real Betis, Los Blancos signed up Ceballos in the summer of 2017 in an €18m deal during Zidane’s first spell in charge.

But things didn’t quite work out the way Ceballos had hoped for in his bid to win a spot in a star-studded midfield containing the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio.

Zidane only gave Ceballos a total of nine starts in his 22 appearances for his debut campaign before the Frenchman shocked everyone by handing in his resignation last May after winning his third consecutive Champions League title.

The 46-year-old’s departure, though, brought about a change in fortunes for Ceballos with more regular opportunities coming his way under former managers Julen Lopetegui and, especially, Santiago Solari.

Spain manager Luis Enrique even handed the 22-year-old his first five caps at international level over the past four international breaks in light of his new-found chances at Real.

Despite the fact Zidane has now returned to the dugout once more, Ceballos is confident he will get a fair crack in establishing himself in the line-up and promised there is more to come from him.

“The return of Zidane can only be positive news following our poor season up to now,” Ceballos told El Larguero.

“He has always been very clear with me regarding my role in the team and we all know the importance of him to our team.

“He spoke to me recently and told me that he’d been following my matches and that he wanted me to keep playing to the same level.

“He told me that I’d be given the same opportunities as my teammates and that put me at ease.

“I don’t think you have seen the best Ceballos at Real Madrid just yet. My dream is to be a success here and that is something that nobody can take away.”

Ceballos is currently away on international duty for Spain, who will begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign Saturday by hosting Norway at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium in Group F, before taking a trip to Malta three days later.

VIGO, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 11: Dani Ceballos of Real Madrid celebrates after scores the fourth goal during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Abanca-Balaidos on November 11, 2018 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)