Dani Ceballos will be an Arsenal player in 2020/21 after all, according to Goal.com Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts.
The Spanish midfielder spent last season at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid, and though his ability to fit in seemed different at different stages of the campaign, he made a big contribution towards the end and head coach Mikel Arteta was particularly keen on having the player at his disposal past this summer.
Ceballos had returned to Madrid after the Gunners triumphed in the FA Cup final and Real were said to be keen on a sale. He still had no place in the plans of Zinedine Zidane and they apparently needed the money.
However, it seems Ceballos himself spoiled their plans. Being under contract with Los Blancos unti 2023, he refused several offers of a move elsewhere, wanting only to return to north London and play for Arsenal again. It doesn’t come as a big surprise, frankly, after he openly spoke about how well he had settled in the British capital.
After the arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, as well as William Saliba, the return of Ceballos will certainly be a big boost for Arteta in the upcoming season. Ceballos showed his devotion to the Gunners after the Community Shield triumph which he couldn’t take part in, by posting videos of himself celebrating the win over Liverpool.
Nonetheless, there is a practical side to his desire too. Ceballos is very keen on getting regular game-time throughout 2020/21 as it would greatly help his chances of representing Spain in the European Championship next year.
Arsenal apparently won’t be paying any money as a loan fee to Real, but they will have to cover the full cost of his wages while he’s at the club, and at the end of that time, they won’t have an option of turning the deal permanent. It probably makes sense from Real’s point of view as well – his stock is set to rise and they will likely be able to get more for his services next summer.