Real Betis’ chances of re-signing Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid have been hit with a snag due to La Liga rules.
Having been the star of the summer for Spain’s U21 side in Poland where they finished runners up in the European championships, Ceballos was quickly linked with a move to both Barcelona and Madrid.
The latter were quick to pursue a move and the 21-year-old moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Real Betis for a fee believed to be in the region of €20m.
However, a lack of playing time has seen the midfielder make just two starts for Los Blancos and it is now understood that talk of a January exit has begun.
A whole host of Premier League sides have shown interest, whilst Italian side Roma have also been mentioned with interest.
Former club Betis, are also keen to bring the former midfielder back to the club on a reported six month loan deal.
But, rules in Spanish football have now seemingly stopped that with Betis discussing a way around the situation with league officials.
League rules state (Article 126.5 of the General Regulations of the RFEF) that no player can leave a club and return to that same club in the same footballing season, meaning Ceballos would not be able to move back to the Seville based club.
Ceballos has a five-year contract at the Bernabeu which includes a €500m release clause, but a desire for first team football and his back-up role could see him leave on a loan deal or for a cheaper price.
The former Betis man is keen to get in Julen Lopetegui’s World Cup squad for next summer.