10 La Liga youngsters you need to keep tabs on this season
8) Dani Ceballos (Real Betis, 19)
An appearance from the bench upon Betis’ return to La Liga has ensured this young midfielder’s release clause has soared to €12m, but such a price won’t be enough to dissuade potential suitors. Over 30 appearances for his current club at second-tier level have already given him pedigree, after featuring out wide, in behind the striker and as a central midfielder. Ceballos only has one year of his current contract remaining, but the youngster doesn't intend to leave anytime soon. "I want to continue at Betis and enjoy these fans for many years," he told AS. "They trust me because I have never failed them. I have always given everything for this shirt and I only think about returning all of the affection that I have received from the Beticos."
Betis president Eduardo Macia has denied any approach from Real Madrid, although Spain have already enjoyed international youth success where Ceballos linked up well with Los Blancos’ Marco Asensio, which could be a fruitful relationship for the future. Both Arsenal and Liverpool were also linked this summer.
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9) Yeray (Athletic Bilbao, 20)
Described by Athletic coach Cuco Ziganda as a “diamond with a few bits to polish,” Yeray could be a ready-made central defensive replacement should Aymeric Laporte’s excellent performances lead him to pastures new. As Mikel San Jose and ageing club captain Carlos Gurpegui have been more regularly deployed in defensive midfield under Ernesto Valverde, Xabier Etxeita is the only man who stands between Yeray and some regular football either in either the Copa del Rey or the league – especially if Athletic have to stretch their resources along a lengthy Europa League run.
10) Jesus Vallejo (Zaragoza, on loan from Real Madrid, 18)
After captaining Spain’s U19s to European Championship glory, Vallejo rapidly became hot property. Real Madrid moved quickly to sign the central defender to a long-term contract for a €5m fee, before loaning him back to former employers Zaragoza (in the second tier, so we're cheating a bit). The defender has already spoken maturely on the topic of his future, assuring that he won’t be getting ahead of himself despite taking the captain’s armband at the age of 18 and being selected in the Segunda’s team of the season.