Dani Ceballos Reportedly Passes Real Madrid Medical, Signs 6-Year Contract

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 03:  Dani Ceballos of Real Betis Balompie looks on during La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Benito Villamarin Stadium on March 03, 2017 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have reportedly wrapped up the signature of Real Betis and Spain under-21 midfielder Dani Ceballos, who is said to have signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu after completing his medical. 

Sergio Santos Chozas of Spanish newspaper AS, reported on Tuesday that the Betis player flew into the capital on Sunday before signing his long-term deal with Betis' blessing, despite there being no agreement between the clubs.

Chozas added that while the two outfits are yet to reach a conclusion on the fee, Los Merengues look set to pay the full €15 million (£13.2 million) value of Ceballos' buyout clause.

Jose Felix Diaz of Madrid-based daily Marca reported the 20-year-old turned down interest from Barcelona to make the move to Madrid, and ESPN's Sam Marsden noted he's not the only youngster to do so this summer:

Real look to be cultivating a new crop of prospects, and the return of centre-back Jesus Vallejo from his season-long loan at Eintracht Frankfurt is another sign of the new generation of talent emerging.

Marca's Miguel A. Moran also recently provided quotes from Betis president Angel Haro, who gave some clarity as to what is holding up Ceballos' move:

"What is clear is that Dani has rejected the offer of a new contract at Betis. Real Madrid are saying that there is an agreement with them.

"More will be known in the coming hours but everything is moving quickly. We are talking to Madrid and in the next few hours there will be more news."

While many may look upon Ceballos' move as a positive one, broadcaster Deji Faremi suggested the developing player could be at risk of becoming part of the furniture at the Bernabeu:

That may have been the case for players like Jese Rodriguez and other academy products at Real in recent times, but one need only look at Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to see manager Zinedine Zidane will give youth a chance.

Ceballos caught the attention of many as he helped fire Spain to a runner-up finish at the European Under-21 Championship last month, and Real look to have captured one of the country's biggest prospects.

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