Real Madrid’s Interest In Ceballos Casts Shadows Of Doubt Over James Rodriguez’s Future

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James Rodriguez might have to move his camp out of Madrid, with growing interest of Real Madrid in Dani Ceballos.

James Rodriguez has long been known to be unhappy at Real, where he has not got enough playing time, despite being among the costliest players to have ever moved to another club.

On the other hand, Dani Ceballos is a trophy in the making, according to Spanish clubs and scouts. After putting on his best performances yet in the U-21 Championship for Spain past month, he’s being chased by most Spanish clubs, including both giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Marca believe if Ceballos does choose to move to the Estadio Bernabeu, it might be a nail in the coffin for James Rodriguez’s career with Los Blancos.

James Rodriguez’s stature as a footballer itself might be limiting his transfer opportunities right now. For a player of this quality, Real Madrid would not want to let him go without a profit, thanks to President Perez.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez celebrates a goal.

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On the other hand, even if the club does agree to a deal, James himself has to make a decision which would provide him the optimum growth potential, and the list narrows down significantly to only a select few. With Alvaro Morata also making a move to the Premier League, James might have another predicament.

Ceballos, just 20 years old, has a long way to go in his future career. If he does choose to join the Spanish Champions, he would have to please Zinedine Zidane to a great extent to mess his Champions League winning line-up to accommodate him.

On the other hand, it is rumored that Real Betis are also trying for a 1-year loan period for the player, which would give him quality playing time as well.

Ceballos’s service would force Real Madrid to break the buy-out clause for the midfielder, which is currently set at €15 million. For a player who has caught entire Europe by its nose, that’s a small price to pay.


Written by Srivats Venkateswaran  

Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.


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