Real Betis president plays down Dani Ceballos Real Madrid link
Real Betis president Angel Haro has denied reports that Real Madrid are on the verge of signing midfielder Dani Ceballos.
AS reported that Spain under-21 international Ceballos will become Real's first summer signing, with the La Liga champions ready to pay his €15 million release clause and offer a five-year contract.
However, Haro told Canal Sur TV: "There are no ongoing negotiations with any club.
"We would like him to remain at Betis and we will do all that we can for that to happen, but it doesn't only depend on us but on several parties.
"It would be in Betis' best interest for him to remain as long as possible and for him to help us win titles. Next season we want to have a leap in quality."
Ceballos, who made 24 league starts for Betis last season, is under contract until June 2020.
He recently revealed that he has several potential suitors because of the price of his release clause.
Madrid reportedly came close to signing him in the summer of 2015, but the deal failed to materialise.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.