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Betis boss Setien hoping midfielder rejects Real Madrid

Betis boss Setien hoping midfielder rejects Real Madrid

Real Betis boss Quique Setien is hoping that Dani Ceballos will reject Real Madrid and stay at the club.

The 20-year-old midfielder followed a superb season with Betis by helping the Spanish U21 side to a runners up place at the European Championships this summer and his performances have seen him embroiled in a transfer battle between Barcelona and Madrid.

Barca had made a genuine play for the youngster two weeks previous but Madrid countered the move and quickly agreed terms, leading to proposed announcement this week, according to Marca and Diario AS.

However, despite Betis seemingly confirming the deal – new boss Setien has remained positive the midfielder will stay at the club.


“You’ve seen what happened with Vitolo and Atletico, we’ve not seen yet how Ceballos story ends,” Setien told reporters.

“Ceballos is a very important player for us of course and while it is reported that it is all done with Madrid, I have not received any notification.

“We’ll see how things develop (with the midfielder), there are questions that are still unresolved and he will offer our team a lot.

“If we can count on him it would be phenomenal for us but if not, we will look to others to strengthen us.

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“I’m delighted to be here – I have never worked in conditions where I’m working now. For me it is a luxury.”

Ceballos grew up playing for Sevilla, before moving to Utrera and then Betis in 2011. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 and helped them achieve promotion back to La Liga in the same season.

His performances this summer saw him be crowned the European Championship Player of the Tournament.