Dani Ceballos says he’s always kept an eye on Arsenal because his childhood idol Jose Antonio Reyes, also from the Andalucian town of Utrera, played for the Gunners.
The Spain international also revealed that Reyes’ father had endorsed his switch to the Emirates confirming that his son, who tragically died in a motor accident in June at the age of 35, had enjoyed his time in London.
🇪🇸 @DaniCeballos46 on Jose Antonio Reyes…
"I spoke to his father before coming here and he told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club.
"When I came into the training ground I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he's my childhood idol."
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 26, 2019
“This is a historic club that I’ve always looked out for because of Jose Antonio Reyes who is from the same town as me and played here,” Ceballos told Arsenal.com.
“He made history at this club winning the league title, so it’s an important step in my career.
“Yes, I spoke to his [Reyes’] father just before coming here and he told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club,” he added. “Jose had a fantastic time here.
“When I came into the training ground today I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he’s like my childhood idol.”
Reyes won the Premier League, FA Cup and the Community during three seasons at Highbury. He went on to win La Liga with Real Madrid and five Europa League titles in six years with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Ceballos also touched on Arsenal’s long-standing interest in him, confirming that he opted to turned down the Gunners in 2017 when he moved from Real Betis to Real Madrid.
“Yeah, Arsenal have always kept a close eye on my career, but at the end of the day all players have to make decisions in their career,” he said.