'I don't want to be sold' – Tottenham-linked Ceballos plans Real Madrid stay

The Spain international “wants to feel important” but is not prepared to leave the Santiago Bernabeu on a permanent basis in the summer window

Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Dani Ceballos has become trickier with the Real Madrid midfielder declaring he does not want to be sold.

Ceballos, 22, has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in a deal that could send Christian Eriksen the other way.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the former Real Betis player, who signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu in July 2017.

But it appears the only hope the north London rivals have of engineering a deal is on a loan basis.

“I don’t want to be sold,” Ceballos told Onda Cero.

“I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be. I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year [yet].

“I play to have fun. I really want to show what I’m good at.

“This year hasn’t been my best season. I wanted to get things off my chest.”

Ceballos made 13 starts in La Liga last season, up from four the previous campaign.

A full Spain international, Ceballos is currently preparing to face Germany in the final of the European Under-21 Championship.

He scored twice during the group stage, against Poland and hosts Italy.

Ceballos said ahead of a clash with Germany: “The important thing is that we’re in the final.

“They came out on top two years ago. It was a tactically masterclass. We have the opportunity for revenge.

“This team has room to improve and we’ve still not reached our best level. We hope to be at our best in the final.”

Once his international commitments are over, then Ceballos will be freed to focus on his club career.

He is seeing Real being linked with a number of marquee signings during the summer transfer window.

The likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic have already arrived, with there the promise of more to come as the Blancos continue to mull over possible moves for the likes of Eriksen and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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