Five things about young Real Madrid target-Dani Ceballos'

Real Madrid are expected to announce the signing of Dani Ceballos this weekend, but what do we know about the highly-rated 20-year-old?
He was playing in the senior side before even turning out for the B team, making his debut in April 2014, and was a regular in the 2014/15 season as Betis were promoted to La Liga.

Not without controversy

Ceballos was heavily linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid this season, and after some digging of his Twitter feed from years gone by, the youngster gained some unwanted bad press.
During the 2015 Copa del Rey final at the Nou Camp, both Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao supporters booed the Spanish national anthem, prompting 18-year-old Ceballos to tweet that he hoped a bomb be dropped "on the stands and kill those Catalan and Basque dogs".
He also branded Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique "shameless" for celebrating Spain's Euro 2012 final win over Italy with the Catalan flag, saying: "Get out of the country, Catalans!"
However, Ceballos has also posted pro-Barcelona tweets in the past, praising Lionel Messi and Neymar while criticising Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho for their behaviour in the 2013 Copa del Rey final defeat by Atletico Madrid.
All has been forgotten, it seems.

Poyet didn't fancy him

When Victor Sanchez replaced Gus Poyet at Betis in November last year, Ceballos' fortunes improved.
He had made just a solitary start under the Uruguayan before his sacking, but Sanchez saw the talent in Ceballos and he missed just two games in the remainder of the La Liga season.
Ceballos said: "[Poyet] was not counting on me and I really feared I would lose my place in the Spain U21 side.
"They were very tough times because I spent seven league games without playing. After Victor's arrival, everything changed and I was able to turn around what had been a difficult situation."
Spain U21 coach Albert Celades said in March: "We've always counted on him even when he was hardly given minutes by Poyet at his club. He is a player that we like."

Style of play

The playmaker, who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal in 2015, was catching the eye long before Euro 2017 in Poland.
Upon signing his first pro deal for Betis three years ago, the club praised his technical ability, saying the ball would never be more than a few inches from his boot.
He has vision and agility, and isn't afraid to run forward with the ball rather than pass square.
His £12m (€15m) buyout clause would be a snip, but there is talk of him returning to Betis on loan for another season, a common occurrence in La Liga.

Euro 2017 star

The tournament ended in disappointment for Spain with a 1-0 final defeat by Germany, but if you didn't know who Ceballos was before June, you certainly knew afterwards.
Saul Niguez and Marco Asensio stole many of the headlines for their goals in Poland, but Ceballos' all-round performance earned him a deserved player of the tournament award, previously won by Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo, Petr Cech, Fabio Cannavaro and Luis Figo.
Niguez's hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final victory over Italy overshadowed Ceballos' superb show, where he caused constant problems, playing his part as Roberto Gagliardini was sent off for two yellow cards.
Just a day after the semi, he was linked with Real, and was later on the front of all major Spanish sports newspapers as Barca and Zinedine Zidane's side started a tug of war over the midfielder.

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