Dani Ceballos won the hearts of Arsenal fans very quickly this season, but while Unai Emery has been impressed with the midfielder, he says it’s too soon to talk about making his move permanent.
The on-loan Real Madrid man spoke earlier this month about how happy he was at the club, but after just three months the Arsenal boss isn’t prepared to commit to a deal that would probably cost €30-40m.
Ahead of the Europa League game with Vitoria in which the Spanish international is expected to start, Emery was asked about the chances of signing his compatriot on a full-time basis.
“I think it is very soon to say that,” he said.
“Ceballos is doing great things, he is playing regularly. Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning.
“We had some good games, sometimes it is not easy for him, I think that’s normal, but I think it is too soon to say if we want to incorporate him in different conditions.
“We are only in October, there is still a long way to take that process. The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is if he can bring us all his potential.
“If he can help us to achieve all our goals as a team with more positive performances, we are more than happy to count on him.”
So far, Ceballos has produced 2 assists and a goal in his 12 appearances so far. Not bad, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
Let’s hope he can add to that tally tonight and in the important games we have coming up in the Premier League too.