Dani Ceballos wanted to return to Real Betis on loan from Real Madrid last month, according to former teammate Antonio Adan.
The goalkeeper confirmed the Spain Under-21 international was open with a return to Los Verdiblancos but La Liga registration issues ensured this was not possible.
“Dani wanted to return to Betis last month,” Adan told ABC de Sevilla.
“I spoke with him directly and there was the possibility of him returning the club, and he wanted to if it was possible.
“If there was the possibility of him returning to Betis he would do it, we are the one club he would consider leaving Madrid for.
“It is not only Dani who wanted it, the Coach (Quique Setien) did too but it was only due to technical issues that he could not come back.
“He has improved as a player despite not playing as many games as he would like to, he is a different one than when he left us and I’m convinced he will be a success at Madrid.”