Aston Villa in advanced talks with Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos

Aston Villa are interested in bringing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos to Villa Park this summer.


Dani Ceballos, 26, will not renew his contract with Real Madrid after growing frustrated with the lack of regular game time this season. The Spaniard has made just 27 La Liga appearances, registering three assists. He is out of contract in June and will leave Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer.

As a result, Aston Villa have a great opportunity to land the 26-year-old midfielder. The Villans, in fact, are reportedly in advanced negotiations with Ceballos ahead of a potential move. Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and Bayern Munich are all monitoring his situation but Ceballos is looking likely to reunite with Unai Emery, who knows the player well having managed him at Arsenal.

Unai Emery has managed to turn around Aston Villa’s fortunes since replacing Steven Gerrard in November. The Midlands were reeling in the relegation zone during the first half of the campaign but they have recovered massively and are now in the hunt for a place in Europe.

The Spanish manager is aiming to bolster his squad in the summer transfer window ahead of a potential campaign in the Europa Conference League. Going by the impression he has made at Villa Park, the club’s owners must back Emery wholeheartedly in the upcoming transfer window.

Dani Ceballos set to reunite with Unai Emery

Dani Ceballos has rejected a new contract proposal from Real Madrid and will leave the club once his contract expires. The Spanish international has failed to live up to the lofty expectations at Real Madrid since joining from boyhood club Real Betis in 2017. However, that doesn’t suggest that he isn’t a quality player, as the 26-year-old impressed during his two-year loan spell with Arsenal.

Ceballos knows Emery in and out having worked under him at Arsenal, so the player is aware of the demands that come with playing under the Spanish tactician. Having enjoyed limited game time this season, the central midfielder will be raring to hit the ground running at Aston Villa if a deal can be agreed.

Given his quality and experience of playing at the highest level, the Spanish midfielder could be considered a solid option for Villa as they look towards an exciting future under the management of Emery.

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