Real Madrid have completed the signing of Dani Ceballos, having agreed a deal with Real Betis for the transfer of the Spain under-21 international.

Real Madrid have made an official announcement to confirm that they have completed the summer transfer of Dani Ceballos. The Spain under-21 international has signed a six-year deal with Los Blancos, with the La Liga champions reportedly shelling out €17 million to secure his services.

Ceballos is one of the newest pearls of Spanish football, having rapidly progressed through the youth setup at Real Betis to become an instrumental figure for the senior side before he even turned 20. The player didn’t have it easy though, initially.

Ceballos had started his youth career at Sevilla, but the Spanish giants released him in 2009 after he was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. But, the young Spaniard overcame his physical battles to establish himself as one of the most promising players in his country.

Over the last two seasons, he was a key figure for Real Betis as he notched up 64 La Liga appearances for the club while also becoming a regular for the Spain under-21 side. In fact, he was a revelation at the recently concluded European under-21 championship where he was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament even as Spain lost in the final.

The all-action midfielder, thus, rightly sparked interest from one of the best clubs in the world, with Real Madrid keenly following his progress in recent seasons. Los Blancos had, in fact, tried to sign Ceballos when he was still a part of the Real Betis youth setup.

The Spanish and European champions, though, have finally managed to secure the player’s services in a six-year deal reported to be worth €17 million. Ceballos will be officially unveiled on July 20, following which he will join his new teammates on the pre-season tour of USA.

All signs point towards Real Madrid making a transfer coup in the deal for Ceballos, with the youngster touted to be a world class player in the making and often compared to Andres Iniesta for his vision and the ability to dictate the pace of the game.

The player does not shy away from his defensive duties either, making him an ideal box-to-box midfielder and a long-term solution for Real Madrid.

Barcelona had briefly threatened to snap him up, but Ceballos is now set to play under Zinedine Zidane, and everyone associated with the club would be hoping that the 20-year-old is able to continue his impressive development at Santiago Bernabeu.

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