Earlier this week reports emerged from Spain saying that Dani Ceballos has been in talks with his parent club, Real Madrid, in order to cut short his loan with Arsenal and to find a new club before the end of the January window.
The midfielder is apparently concerned at his lack of playing time ahead of Euro 2020, and it was a topic for discussion at Mikel Arteta’s press conference this afternoon.
The Arsenal boss revealed the 23 year old had spent much of his time in charge in Spain as part of his rehab from a hamstring injury, and suggested that the player needs to get back to full fitness and compete for a place in the team like anyone else.
“I had a conversation with Dani,” said Arteta regarding his possible departure.
“When I joined the club he wasn’t here, he was in Madrid because he doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.
“Then when I came here he was doing rehab, the first two or three weeks, he was getting back to fitness, but I haven’t seen much of him because he has only trained with us a week or ten days.
“So it’s very early to assess what I can and can’t do with him. I heard all about those things [about wanting to leave] but I have nothing to comment.
“He needs to get back to fitness, fight for his place like in any other team, and after that I’ll make the selection that I think is fair with what I see on the pitch.”
It doesn’t sound especially convincing, and Arteta didn’t categorically rule out the chances of a departure, so it’d make you think it’s still an evolving situation.