A Real Madrid star, who has seen regular game time this season, reveals he would have left Los Blancos if Zinedine Zidane stayed at the club.
Dani Ceballos joined Los Blancos from Real Betis last season, but struggled to play regularly under Zidane, making only four LaLiga starts.
The 22-year-old claims he did everything he could to earn more game time, while he also worked with a personal trainer after 'losing intensity'.
The midfielder has played in three of Real's four league clashes this season and was recently called up to the Spain squad.
"It's something for him to explain, why I didn't get opportunities," Ceballos told Radio Marca.
"I worked, I tried to make [his decisions] difficult for him, but a moment comes when you see it's impossible.
"I scored two goals in Vitoria and the next game I played one minute against Dortmund. When you spend weeks not feeling important, it's more difficult.
"There was a moment in which I gave the season up. We were 15 points [off the top] in La Liga and only had the Champions League left, but I didn't enter into the dynamic.
"I hired a personal trainer in January, because I wasn't playing Wednesday and Sunday and I lost that intensity. I was looking to be fit for pre-season.
"If Zidane had continued, I would obviously have looked for an exit, but everything was different with Julen's arrival."
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