Spain Under-21 international starlet Dani Ceballos is already eyeing the Real Madrid exit door as he seeks regular first-team football.
The midfielder only moved to Spanish champions Madrid in the summer but has grown frustrated at his lack of game time under boss Zinedine Zidane. Ceballos’ desire to exit Bernabeu has reportedly alerted a lot of clubs, with Arsenal and Spurs also joining the race, as per Italian news outlet Calciomercato.
Having joined from Real Betis during the summer, Ceballos knew he will find first-team opportunities hard to come by. Yet, he chose Madrid over Barcelona as it’s tough to turn down the Los Blancos when they come for you.
The Spanish midfielder has played just 406 minutes of football this season, featuring in only 11 of Real’s 23 games. In those 11 games, Ceballos has started just four of them and only two have come in La Liga. Despite Madrid struggling and their midfielders underperforming, Zidane has continued to overlook Ceballos. They trail bitter rivals Barcelona by 8 points after 14 games.
It is believed Zidane never wanted Ceballos in the first place but agreed to sign him after club President Florentino Perez described his vision for more home-grown players in the side. The 21-year-old midfielder is said to have grown tired of not getting much game time and could also return to his hometown club on loan for the remainder of the campaign in January.
Ceballos is a talented player and is more than capable of contributing to the current dreary Madrid side. The team lacks energy and enthusiasm, which the midfielder can provide if given chances at a premium rate. But, it looks like Ceballos has already given up the hope of winning Zidane’s trust and wants his way out of Santiago Bernabeu.
With the ex-Betis man on the verge of leaving, it will be interesting to see how many clubs are eager to add the midfielder to their ranks. Given his high work-rate, I feel he will suit our style of play. Spurs have looked dull in the midfield for the last few games; so signing Ceballos, even on a short-term deal, would lift our half-dead spirits.
Trust me, we have been out of sorts in November and it is hard to believe so because such was our form before the loss against Arsenal. We haven’t won any of their last four games and are now at 6th place in the table.
If presented a chance to sign Ceballos in January, get him Poch! The Spaniard could add some much-needed bite and solidity to our spine and would boost our top four hopes.
Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up
Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.
The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.
The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.
“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.
Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.
For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.
“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”
Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.
Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star
Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).
De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.
Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.
Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.
Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.
Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.
“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium
Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.
Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.
The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:
“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.
“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”
Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.
We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.
Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.