Dani Ceballos explains why he turned down Real Madrid’s offer to return to Arsenal


Real Madrid have loaned Dani Ceballos to Arsenal for a second consecutive season (Picture: Getty)

Dani Ceballos said there was “never any doubt” in his mind that he wanted to return to Arsenal, despite offers from Real Madrid and other La Liga sides to stay in Spain for the season to come. come.

The 24-year-old midfielder has impressed after being loaned from Madrid to Arsenal last season and has made no secret of his desire to return to North London ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Zinedine Zidane kept Ceballos waiting on his future before sanctioning a second successive temporary transfer to the Emirates this week and the Spain international is clearly delighted to be back with the Gunners.

The Spaniard was adamant about wanting to come back this summer (Photo: Arsenal)

“I’m very happy to be back with Arsenal where I had such a great time last season,” Ceballos said on the club’s official website after his second loan was confirmed on Friday night.

“I am very happy to have returned to a club where I feel important. “

Ceballos celebrates with FA Cup after Arsenal beat Chelsea

Ceballos has turned down offers in Spain to return to north London (Photo: Getty)

Ceballos had several alternative options at home in Spain but insists a return to Arsenal has always been his favorite decision this summer.

“It is true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and returning to the Spanish league, where some teams were interested in me,” he added.

“I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I was really happy that Mikel [Arteta] had built at the club since I arrived.

“I had a great time at this club last season and I never doubted that I wanted to come back.

Ceballos talks to Arteta during Arsenal clash with Everton

Ceballos enjoyed working with Arteta this past quarter (Photo: Getty)

Ceballos has become a fan favorite with his performances in Arsenal colors, especially towards the end of last season, and he admits that the love and appreciation he received from supporters played a major role in her decision.

“I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined the club, I completely joined the club and always gave 100% both on and off the pitch », Continued Ceballos.

“The fans rewarded me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they would send me messages asking me to come back and saying 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. When the coach, the club, the players and everyone else ask you to stay another year, you realize they see you as a good teammate and a good player.

“I’m proud that the club, the coach and, above all, the fans wanted me to stay, I didn’t doubt that for a second. “

Arteta says he is ‘delighted’ to have Ceballos on board again as the Gunners prepare for their opening Premier League clash at Fulham on September 12.

“Dani was an integral part of our team last season and ended the season in excellent shape,” said the Arsenal head coach.

“I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a very skillful player.

“We are all delighted to welcome him back and can’t wait to see him pick up where he left off.

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