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14 July 2017

Real Madrid complete signing of Dani Ceballos, who won Player of the Tournament at European Under-21 Championship and is latest young Spanish player to join

REAL MADRID have announced the signing of Dani Ceballos fom Real Betis for a reported £15.9million.

The Spain Under-21 international had also been a target for Barcelona.

Dani Ceballos has completed a move from Real Betis to Real Madrid
Dani Ceballos has completed a move from Real Betis to Real Madrid
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Dani Ceballos won the Player of the Tournament award at U-21 Championship
Dani Ceballos won the Player of the Tournament award at U-21 Championship
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However, he is the latest talented Spanish youngster to join the reigning European champions.

An official statement read: “Real Madrid C. F. and Real Betis Balompie have agreed the transfer of Dani Ceballos, who has signed a six-year contract with the club.

“The player will be unveiled on Thursday the July 20, at 1pm, in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Dani Ceballos will then take his first steps on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu in a Real Madrid shirt and face the press in the media room.

“On Friday July 21, the player will join the team on their pre-season tour of the United States.”

Despite a reputation for world-record-breaking transfers on ‘Galacticos’, Real Madrid have changed their image in recent years — securing young, talented Spanish players.

Dani Ceballos in action for Real Betis in a La Liga clash against Real Madrid
Dani Ceballos in action for Real Betis in a La Liga clash against Real Madrid
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Dani Ceballos shone for Spain at European Under-21 Championship
Dani Ceballos shone for Spain at European Under-21 Championship
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Mateo Kovacic could leave Real Madrid after Dani Ceballos arrived from Betis
Mateo Kovacic could leave Real Madrid after Dani Ceballos arrived from Betis
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Marco Asensio, Isco and Nacho are among those already at the club.

And Ceballos is the latest join, following Theo Hernandez.

The 20-year-old midfielder excelled at Betis last season and took that form to the European Championship, where he was named Player of the Tournament.

While, he faces stiff competition to break into the first time, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro ahead of him, in Zinedine Zidane, he will have a manager who believes in giving youth every chance.

Ceballos’ arrival could see Mateo Kovacic exit the club, with Tottenham keen on the Croatia international.


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