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Ceballos admits he's not targeting permanent Arsenal transfer after loan spell


Dani Ceballos is planning to return to Real Madrid this summer rather than pursue a permanent transfer to Arsenal.

The midfielder, 24, joined the Gunners on a season-long loan in July 2019 and featured heavily under then-manager Unai Emery and his replacement Mikel Arteta.

Ceballos helped Arsenal clinch the FA Cup in August and his successful first campaign at the Emirates led to another loan for the current term.

The Spaniard has already racked up 23 appearances in all competitions this season and is a key player under his compatriot Arteta.

But he admits his dream is to fight for a place at Real Madrid, where he penned a six-year contract in 2017.



Ceballos has scored two goals in 60 Arsenal appearances

Asked about extending his stay at Arsenal, Ceballos told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser : “My goal one day is to return to Real Madrid and be important in the best club in the world.”

He added: “For those at Madrid, the arrival of [Real Madrid boss Zinedine] Zidane has done everyone good.

“Each coach has his tastes of players. He told me I needed to play and minutes. He was clear with me.



The Spaniard dreams of fighting for his place at Real Madrid

“I signed a long contract with Madrid. I have two and a half years left. My goal is to succeed at Arsenal. My wish is to wear the Madrid shirt.”

Despite his admission of wanting to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, Ceballos spoke of his positive relationship with Arteta.

“Mikel is a coach who fits me like a glove because he played in the same position as me,” said Ceballos. “He wants the team to play forward when we steal the ball.

“We have started to play with 4-2-3-1 [formation]. Arteta has placed me in the number 8 role. It is a very static game. He wants to be in control of the game.”

Arsenal endured a miserable start to the season but there are signs of a Gunners recovery with three consecutive wins in the Premier League.

Of his side’s form, Ceballos said: “We had the aim of fighting for the European places but we got into a bad dynamic and when that happens it’s difficult to get out. We’ve chained together three wins so hopefully we’ll go up now.”

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