Four months after reportedly regretting joining Real Madrid instead of Arsenal, Dani Ceballos is still struggling for game time.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid in the summer from Real Betis after several eye-catching performers during the u21 European Championships.
The 21-year-old would be one for the future, but at the moment, that future is looking to be away from Madrid.
Back in November, it was reported that the midfielder was regretting his decision to join Madrid due to his lack of game time.
He had snubbed several clubs, including Arsenal, to make the move so we thought we’d check back in and see how that story has developed for him.
The situation hasn’t improved.
He’s made just one appearance off the bench in a 5-0 win over Sevilla in December, but was then left out of the squad entirely for their next four games.
He’s now recovering from a sprained ankle that has kept him out for two weeks.
Ceballos’ struggles haven’t gone unnoticed by his former club.
Betis manager Quique Setien spoke about his situation back in January.
“Before he went in the summer, I said to him [Ceballos] that I thought it was brilliant that he was signing for Real Madrid, it represents a big growth in his status. But he knew the difficulties he was going to face,” he said, as reported by AS.
“The reality is that it’s very difficult to play at Real Madrid at the time I tried to convince him to stay for this year and help us, and that’s the same feeling that I have now.”
A spot in Spain’s World Cup squad is looking unlikely for Ceballos now, unless he suddenly becomes a regular.
If he continues to be left out of squads, he might review his situation in the summer.
In which case, Arsenal just may have an opportunity to sign him.
It’s worth noting, though, that Madrid’s poor league form may persuade them to change managers in the summer.
A new manager could give Ceballos more of a chance than Zidane has.