Dani Ceballos announced himself to Europe in 2015 when he shone for Spain as they won the Under-19 European Championship, and two years later he did the same for the Under-21s as they fell in the final.
Now, in 2019, he’s doing it all again for the Under-21s in his second European U21 Championship.
The show put on by Ceballos in Italy is raising questions about something that had been taken for granted – his exit from Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane had been clear that the Spaniard wasn’t in his plans, but Ceballos needs minutes if he wants to play in next summer’s European Championship.
For Madrid it’s a big risk to move him on, given his current ability and potential. AC Milan have already enquired about him, while Monchi’s Sevilla are keen to bring him back to Andalusia.
Nacho and Vallejo
While Keylor Navas expects a new club worthy of a goalkeeper who has won three consecutive Champions Leagues, Madrid are also likely to lose more from their defensive quarters, including Theo Hernandez, Nacho and Jesus Vallejo.
Isco and Lucas
Lucas Vazquez and Isco‘s futures are still very much up in the air. Zidane is happy for them to stay though they’re not untouchable.
But the club are clear that they’ll listen to any offers. With Madrid needing to sell more than 300 million euros worth of talent this summer, almost anyone is available.
Bale and James
Unlike the above, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are almost certain to leave and Zidane doesn’t count on either at all.
The Welshman and Colombian will be used to generate the majority of that 300 million euros needed, but with the Premier League window closes on August 8 so they need to act fast.
James, meanwhile, is hoping to get his move to Napoli.