Arsenal on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos is believed to have “no place” at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane, according to Marca.
Last summer, the Gunners brought Ceballos to the Emirates Stadium on a season-long stint from the Bernabeu for a reported £15million fee (The Sun).
The 23-year-old was reportedly open to cutting short his stay in January as a result of a lack of game time, but has since worked his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans.
A recent report from the Evening Standard claims Arsenal are relaxed about the possibility of extending Ceballos’ loan at the Emirates Stadium beyond 30 June in case the 2019-20 season stretches beyond then.
However, Marca goes further, suggesting Real are more than happy to part ways with Ceballos for good.
“The Spaniard has no place at the Bernabeu under Zidane,” wrote Marca. “He knows he can’t stay in Madrid under the Frenchman if he wants to play at the European Championship.
“Options won’t be short for the player though, even if Real Madrid will be expecting a nice fee.”
Ceballos has 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.
Whether Arteta would want his signature on a permanent basis remains to be seen, but given the Spanish coach is a great man-manager and has already worked wonders with Ceballos, there could yet be much more untapped potential.
And with Real reportedly being eager to part ways with Ceballos, it’s now up to Arsenal to make a decision and get on the phone to Los Blancos – particularly with the Spaniards purportedly eager to get their hands on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and happy to come to the negotiating table (Diario Madridista).