Dani Ceballos believes staying at Arsenal next season would be a ‘good step’ for him – but says his future is down to Real Madrid.
The midfielder has been a big hit at the Emirates and proved himself essential to Mikel Arteta’s squad, particularly since the Premier League’s restart.
Dani Ceballos has played in every game since the Premier League restart
The 23-year-old, who is on loan from Real for the season, has formed a strong partnership with Granit Xhaka in the Gunners’ midfield since Arteta’s arrival as manager.
Arsenal fans and boss Arteta are eager to see him stay beyond this season and, while Ceballos appears happy to do so, it will ultimately depend on the Spanish club.
“Right now, I’m only thinking about the next games because if we win them, we have some chance of qualifying for the Europa League,” Ceballos told Sky Sports.
After that, I have to be calm. I have to return to Real Madrid and they have to make a decision because I have a contract there for the next three years.
Once I know their decision, I will sit down with my family and the people close to me and see what’s best for me next year. But the truth is I’m very happy at Arsenal.
“It’s a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return. I wouldn’t have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players.
“I think it would be a good step for me. But like I said, my future depends on Real Madrid and right now I don’t know their decision.”
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Ceballos started well under Unai Emery, getting two assists on his full debut against Burnley at the Emirates.
Injury problems and the sacking of Emery led to the midfielder not getting much game time and there were rumours he would cut his loan deal short in January.
But he was convinced to see out the season by Arteta, who replaced Emery in December, and has flourished under his fellow Spaniard.
Ceballos added: ”I’ve felt very comfortable at this club from the beginning.
”The fans accepted me very well and my team-mates made everything easy for me. I don’t regret my decision to come to Arsenal in any way.
“Of course, when you get an injury and you don’t play, you start to get a few doubts. But I spoke to the míster and we agreed find a way forward together. He told me he knew me very well and that he had followed me a lot in Spain. He supported me a lot.”