Arsenal are confident of agreeing a fresh deal for Dani Ceballos. The Real Madrid loanee has impressed since the Premier League restart and is expected to remain at the Emirates Stadium for another season.
“We are talking to the club,” Arteta said earlier this month. “Obviously we don’t own the player, he’s not in our hands, so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.”
The Arsenal head coach added: “The way he’s evolving and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session, and in every game, you just have to see his celebrations.
“Whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, the way he celebrates [shows] how much he puts into it. Again, I’m really happy with him, I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.”
Ceballos has opened the door to remaining at the Emirates Stadium under Arteta’s management.
“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,” he said.
“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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