Ceballos: Zidane was clear with me

Zinedine Zidane’s return appeared to spell trouble for Dani Ceballos, who has struggled for minutes under the Frenchman at Real Madrid.

But the Spaniard could yet have a part to play for Zidane at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as he still has four years to run on his current deal.

“Zidane was very clear with me,” Ceballos told Onda Cero’s ‘El Transistor’ programme.

“I’ve accepted his explanations.

“I have a contract with a very high release clause.

“I have four years on my contract and I want to succeed at Real Madrid.”

Julen Lopetegui had favoured the former Real Betis midfielder in his short stay in the capital, but things went downhill for Ceballos after his sacking.

“I started well with Lopetegui, but then I went into the background,” he said.

“The most important thing for a player is to have the coach’s confidence.

“In the national team I feel like an important player, I feel key.”

If Ceballos is to leave Real Madrid this summer then he wants to go somewhere where he can get minutes but also play at a high level.

“If I leave I want to play for a team where I feel important,” he explained.

“I want to show that I can compete at any team in Europe.

“I’m a young player who wants to succeed so I don’t want to have another year without playing.”