The agreement was sealed last Saturday but now both clubs have made it official. Dani Ceballos joins Real Madrid in a six-year contract and the player will be unveiled on Thursday the 20th of July at Santiago Bernabéu. In this way, Real Madrid signed another young and talented player from the U-21 national team.
The war between Real Madrid and Barcelona for Dani Ceballos had Florentino Pérez as a winner. Los Blancos secured another player for the future tying up Dani Ceballos, who played at Betis for his whole career and he made great performances in the last two seasons as a creative midfielder.
James Rodríguez left the club this week to join Bayern Munich and made some room for Dani Ceballos. He would be a great replacement for Toni Kroos and Luka Modric but it’s uncertain how many minutes he would enjoy in the club. At the beginning, the club thought about giving him on loan one year to Betis, but the player rejected this option, so Zidane has to make space for him in the team. And it won’t be easy, taking in consideration that he has Marcos Llorente, Mateo Kovacic or even Isco in this part of the pitch.
Real Madrid released a statement with the agreement: “Real Madrid C. F. and Real Betis Balompié have agreed the transfer of Dani Ceballos, who has signed a six-year contract with the club”, said the club.
The player will be unveiled at 1pm on Thursday the 20th of July at Santiago Bernabéu together with Florentino Pérez. Then, he will travel to the United States to join the rest of the team with the rest of U-21 players.
Real Madrid paid €16.5M to Betis, €1.5M more than his release clause. Both clubs negotiated in the last days about how to pay this clause but they finally reached an agreement.