Dani Ceballos officially returned to Arsenal last night, signing a contract which will see him spend his second season on loan with us from Real Madrid.
The 24 year old had to make a decision about what do this season – particularly with Euro ‘2020’ taking place next summer – but he was in no doubt as to what he wanted.
“It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me,” he told Arsenal Digital.
“I spoke to the coach last year, before the final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles.
“I’d been really happy with what Mikel had built at the club since he came in. I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.”
He also thanked the fans with whom he made a strong connection last season. He caught the eye with his stand-out performance against Burnley in our opening home game of the last campaign, and despite some difficulties inbetween, finished strongly under Mikel Arteta once football got underway again after the lockdown.
“I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch,” he said.
“The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love. When I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.
“I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I’m back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.”
Welcome back Dani, and hopefully he can pick up where he left off at the end of last season.