Dani Ceballos has revealed that chats with Unai Emery and close pal Hector Bellerin convinced him to join Arsenal despite interest from other clubs, including Sp*rs.
It was confirmed this afternoon that the Spain international, 22, will spend the season on loan at the Emirates as he looks to help us get back into the Champions League.
Unlike the signing of Denis Suarez in January, there seems to be consensus both inside and outside the club that we’ve bagged ourselves a very decent player.
He’ll look to fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and will be motivated to deliver the goods with a view to getting into his country’s squad for Euro 2020 next summer.
“I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt,” he told Arsenal.com. “I’m joining an historic Premier League side and it’s a step forward in my career.
“I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal.
“The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.”
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) July 25, 2019
Ceballos and Bellerin were teammates at under-21 level and the new boy couldn’t help but namecheck his friend, who it turns out sold him the London dream.
“I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level. I told him I was thinking of joining and he told me not to think twice because this is a great city and a great club and that I was going to have a great time. I can’t wait to see him and say thanks for his help in getting me here.”
The midfielder is also confident he’ll adapt to life in England and the rigours of the Premier League in double-quick time.
“Yes, I have the coach – who is Spanish – and Hector, which will help me get used to life in London,” he said.
“I need to get used to what the club expects of me and adapt as quickly as possible because that will be vital if I’m to be successful at this club.”
It’s expected that Ceballos will take part in first team training tomorrow and could make a cameo appearance on Sunday against Lyon.
It’s worth bearing in mind, that he’s a bit behind in his pre-season preparations as he was on international duty at the under-21 European Championships until 20 June.