Ceballos, Kimpembe and the hidden gems in the 2017-18 Champions League


The Real Madrid midfielder’s €15 million price tag led to some branding the 21-year-old as the signing of the summer in La Liga, but with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro ahead of Dani in the pecking order, first-team minutes were never promised to the midfielder upon his arrival from Betis. 

Mateo Kovacic, Isco and Marcos Llorente, too, are preferred by Zidane, leaving cup competition Dani’s only real hope of forcing his way into the reckoning.  

Dani’s involvement will almost certainly come down to his temperament, though his has everything in his artillery to shine on the highest of European stages – his outstanding performances for Spain during this summer’s Euro