Report: Pochettino makes deal-clinching promise to Dani Ceballos

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019/20 season (AS).

This report also indicates that Real Madrid want £54m if Tottenham are to sign the player permanently at the end of the loan deal.

However, the Daily Star now claim that Ceballos sees Real Madrid as his long-term future, meaning that the Spanish star may be unwilling to commit to anything more than a loan.

The report also states that the star of the U21 European Championships this summer has chosen North London as his next destination after a conversation with Mauricio Pochettino.

AC Milan were also said to be keen on the playmaker, but Ceballos wants a guarantee of 40 games next season, something that Poch has promised.

Ceballos already has six caps for the Spanish senior team, but has struggled to break into the Real Madrid first team. He made only 19 starts in all competitions last season.

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  1. I actually was worried this report was true but then realised it was lies. Pochettino guarantees absolutely no one games, its about the effort you make on the training pitch, always has been. Poch doesn’t care about the transfer fee (see Sissoko, Paulinho, Jannsen, Lamela and Sanchez), its about what you do at Hotspur Way and in games when you get the opportunities, Poch has also been very vocal in that he doesn’t like players coming and asking why they aren’t playing, he wants them to show their desire to improve on the training pitch to get back into contention.

    With all that in mind, there is absolutely no way that Poch has promised a player at Ceballos level that he will be guaranteed 40 games a season, the more you think about it, the more laughable it becomes. Ceballos at 22 is light years behind Eriksen, Alli, Son, Lamela, NDombele, Kane, Lucas, Winks etc at the same age.

    People sometimes get caught up by the prestige of the shirt a player wears as a sign of their standard, but I look at it like this – Spurs weren’t that great this season as dealing with loads of rotation due to injuries yet Madrid were functioning at an even lower level, getting thrashed in the round of 16. So why would we want to take a fringe player that can’t get in their team next season and make him first team at ours? Surely we should be aiming to improve on the past season (which will prove tough due to Eriksens departure and possibly Tobys as well) not go backwards.

    The goons have fallen into the trap of being overawed by rejected Real and Barca players, mocking Spurs for signing genuine up and coming talent, but look where we are now. Its unlikely we will sign another Eriksen (a player who consistently has a hand in 20 to 30 goals a season, dominates key passes and barely gets injured), all we can do is aim to replace and improve upon the creative whole that is left behind. Ceballos isn’t that solution, Lo Celso and Van De Peek between them would be able to improve upon say Eriksen and Sissoko combined, and thats where we should be looking.


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