Tottenham target Dani Ceballos has been left out of Real Madrid’s International Champions Cup squad.
The 22-year-old midfielder will not feature in the tournament with Real Madrid scheduled to face Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid later this month.
That could well mean a move for Ceballos is getting closer after his stock rose after helping Spain win the European Under-21 Championship recently.
Ceballos scored two goals and provided two assists on the team’s way to lifting the title and claimed he was open to trying something new for next season, with one eye on a place in Spain’s senior squad for next summer’s European Championships.
“I think [Zinedine] Zidane will have seen the tournament,” said Ceballos recently. “But we all know what he thinks.
“I would like to try out something new: next year, my goal is to play 40 games and play in the Euros.”
Sky Sports even reported that Spurs were in talks over a move for the player this week and suggested “a short-term deal seems the most likely option at this stage also because of Ceballos’ high release clause”.
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The Real Madrid man, who made 23 La Liga appearances last season, is looking for more game time and has suggested he favours a loan move to get himself into Spain boss Robert Moreno’s thinking.
Arsenal and AC Milan have been linked with the player, but according to Sport, Maurico Pochettino has urged Tottenham chief Daniel Levy to work on completing a deal for Ceballos as a matter of urgency, with the Spaniard seen as a possible replacement for the unsettled Christian Eriksen.