Real Madrid in U-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Comment Real Madrid’s hierarchy now want to keep Dani Ceballos instead of loaning him out to Arsenal (Getty)Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their hopes of keeping Dani Ceballos as Real Madrid have now decided to retain the midfielder for their pre-season campaign, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old excelled in his final few months under Mikel Arteta and ended his season-long loan by helping Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.Arteta has made it clear that he is keen for Ceballos to remain at Arsenal for another campaign after he formed a solid midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League run-in.Arsenal were hopeful of reaching a new agreement with Real Madrid to extend Ceballos’ loan and potentially include an option to purchase the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, AS reports that Madrid have now reconsidered Ceballos’ future following his impressive performances for Arsenal.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy are convinced that Ceballos can become a first-team regular and they want the midfielder to be given the upcoming pre-season campaign to showcase his ability. Advertisement Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup this season (Getty Images)However, AS report that the final decision over whether Ceballos will stay part of Madrid’s squad remains with Zinedine Zidane.Ceballos initially pushed to leave Madrid after failing to secure a regular role under Zidane.The midfielder was also keen to receive regular playing time in order to boost his chances of winning a place in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCeballos has made no secret of his desire to become a key part of Madrid’s midfield but the Spaniard has also made it clear that he wants regular football.Speaking after Arsenal’s win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Ceballos said: ‘I want to play 35 games [next season] at least.‘I am one of those who say that when you are happy, you develop your game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Real Madrid in U-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenallast_img

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