Arsenal on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos has spoken about his future and hinted towards fighting for a first-team place at Real Madrid instead of switching permanently to the Emirates Stadium.
Last summer, the Gunners brought the 23-year-old to the Emirates Stadium on a season-long stint from the Bernabeu for a reported £15million fee (The Sun).
Ceballos was reportedly open to cutting short his stay in January as a result of a lack of game time under Unai Emery, but since worked his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans before the shutdown.
Earlier this week, a report from Spanish outlet El Confidencial claimed that Arsenal are not planning to extend Ceballos’ loan in North London for a second season.
Ceballos has now suggested that he wants to convince Real head coach Zinedine Zidane that he is worthy of a regular role at the Bernabeu.
“I am 23 years old, I’m not over the hill yet. Now I feel much more a player and I am prepared for any challenge that comes my way.”
Ceballos worked his way into Arsenal’s first-team plans and has started the Gunners’ last three Premier League games, impressing in a deep midfield role.
Arteta had been won over, telling The Mirror before the football shutdown that he was “really happy” with the Spain international attacking midfielder and what he added to his team.
Reports over his future continue to flit between staying and not staying, but it seems pretty clear that his heart is set on staying with Real.