Report: Dani Ceballos wants to play for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham

Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1,...

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly battling Premier League rivals Arsenal for Real Madrid's La Liga bench-warmer Dani Ceballos.

Daniel Ceballos Fernandez of Spain U21 during the UEFA UNDER21 Championship match between Italy and Spain at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium on June 16, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Dani Ceballos is enthused by the prospect of working with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur as he prepares to secure a much-needed move away from Real Madrid, according to El Confidencial - surely putting pay to a potential move to Arsenal.

Who wouldn’t want to hone their trade under the Argentine tactician?


Pochettino has established himself as a truly elite managerial talent during a five-year spell in North London, transforming Tottenham into one of Europe’s most feared sides while turning Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and co into genuine world-class footballers.

And Ceballos, a player with unlimited potential and staggering natural talent who for some reason finds himself outcasted under Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, apparently thinks that a move to Tottenham would be the best thing for his development.

(L-R) Dani Ceballos of Real Madrid, Guillermo Maripan of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 3,...

The former Real Betis playmaker has shone at the U21 European Championships, scoring a wondergoal against Italy and inspiring a 5-0 thrashing of Poland. El Desmarque claims that Spurs would be willing to pay £45 million to rescue him from his Bernabau nightmare.

Tottenham apparently face a battle with local rivals Arsenal, according to AS, but Ceballos’ desire to play for Pochettino suggests that The Gunners might just be wasting their time.

Just imagine a midfield of Tanguy Ndombele and Ceballos next season, perhaps with Dele Alli thrown in. The days of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho have never felt further away.

Dani Ceballos of Spain gestures during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group A match between Spain and Poland at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium on June 22, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch