Despite being in and out of the Arsenal first-team (five start in eight Premier League games), Dani Ceballos is still playing far more than he would have at Real Madrid.
Personally forcing an exit from the Spanish club as he knew he wouldn’t get much game time under Zinedine Zidane, the player was sent to the Emirates on loan, where he has thrived.
Quickly becoming a fan favourite, the playmaker has picked up two assists and scored a goal (against Standard Liège) in all competitions, and it seems things are looking up for the 23-year-old.
In fact, he’s taken to his new club so much that El Confidencial in Spain state he ‘doesn’t miss Real Madrid and, more surprisingly, Spain’.
He’s very happy in London, where he is ‘still adapting’, but is most importantly ‘regaining the sensations that a footballer gets when he feels important’.
All this happiness has already led to questions about his future, with his case being similar to Mateo Kovacic’s last year.
El Confidencial explain an idea ‘exists’ that a good season on loan could make him ‘ask again’ to be loaned out or simply ‘force a transfer’.
They add that ‘even at Arsenal, the possibility of buying the player is being talked about’.
While it’s ‘too soon’ to take decisions just yet, it’s clear Ceballos ‘isn’t crazy about returning’ to Real Madrid, especially if it means seeing his development hindered by such a move.
This is all very positive for Arsenal fans, but we’ll have to see how much the La Liga giants want for their playmaker, who is contracted to them until 2023.