Dani Ceballos has hinted that he will look to leave Real Madrid this summer because he fears he won’t get the playing time he needs.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the midfielder had extended his Arsenal loan deal until the end of the current campaign but it looks very unlikely that we’ll stump up the cash to sign him permanently.
That said, for the time being, Ceballos is refusing to rule out any moves, whether it be a return to Real Betis or continuing in England.
In an interview with El Larguero, he said: “The owner of my future next year is me.
“Next year I want to play and I will hardly be able to do it at Real Madrid. Betis? It’s an option, I’m not closing the door on any club. I don’t rule out continuing in the Premier League.”
Ceballos also touched on his relationship with coaches Zinedine Zidane, who returned to Madrid in March 2019, and Mikel Arteta, who took over at Arsenal in December.
“Would I return to play for Zidane? It’s a decision I have to make. He told me before this season that the best thing was for me to leave and get experience. He made his decision and that has to be respected, I’ve no problem with him because he’s always been very clear with me.”
On Arteta, with whom he got off to a tetchy start, he added: “The coach wants us to play a similar game to what Manchester City do and I think it’s a philosophy that is difficult for rivals.
“He doesn’t talk about Pep anecdotes but the relationship shows in the training session. I’ve learned a lot about football in a different way. It’s a luxury to be able to learn from a coach with the qualities.”