Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos makes decision over long-term Arsenal transfer

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Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos says he wants to return to Real Madrid at the end of this season. Ceballos is currently spending his second campaign on loan at Arsenal. The Spain international played a key role in the Gunners’ FA Cup win under Mikel Arteta last term.

Reports last week claimed Real were considering recalling Ceballos from his loan spell.

Before Saturday’s 4-0 win at West Brom, the 24-year-old had started just two of the previous five Premier League matches.

However, he impressed in the Hawthorns snow as Arteta’s side brushed aside the struggling Baggies.

After making 37 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last season, Ceballos rejoined the north London club for another season in September.

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But when asked if a third loan would be possible, Ceballos said his aim is to return to Real and become a key part of their squad.

“A third year on loan? No, my goal is to return to Real Madrid and be important at the best club in the world,” Ceballos told Spanish radio show El Laguero.

“I believe that one day I will come back and be able to return the affection that the fans showed me.

“For various reasons, I didn’t leave the club in the best manner.”

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Ceballos joined Real from Real Betis in 2017 and has made 56 appearances for the Spanish giants, scoring five goals.

Reports previously have claimed that Real boss Zinedine Zidane is not a fan of the midfielder.

But Ceballos doesn’t seem to have a problem with the France legend.

“The arrival of Zidane was great news for Real Madrid,” he added.

“I think there is no better manager for Madrid than him.”

In 2019, following the news of Ceballos’ first loan to Arsenal, Zidane also insisted he did not have an issue with the Spain star.

“No, it’s not that I did not get along with Dani Ceballos that he left the team,” Zidane said.

“I think he needed a lot more playing time because he’s an important player.

“It’s true that at Real, he did not have enough minutes, that’s all. There are a lot of players here, a lot of competition.

“I wish him to play many games and do well with his new team, Arsenal.”

Ceballos is likely to feature for Arsenal this weekend in the third round of the FA Cup against Newcastle United.

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