Having arrived at Arsenal on a loan deal from Real Madrid in 2019, the Gunners extended Dani Ceballos’ temporary stay for one more season last summer.
The midfielder was appreciated by Mikel Arteta and the north London club’s manager convinced him to join Arsenal on loan for the second time.
Ceballos made 17 league starts in the recently concluded season and will now return to the Madrid club, where his future still remains unknown.
Although the Spaniard gained a lot of experience from his time at the Emirates, he has ruled out the possibility of returning to England.
“The Premier League is a very attractive league, I was lucky to be able to play it last season and win the FA Cup, and this second season has helped me to consolidate myself,” he told Canal Sur Radio, as relayed by Marca.
“I am very happy because I have learned a lot, I have become a better player, more complete, and I think that although my stage has not closed as we would have liked, with another title, I am very happy with the experience.
“It is true that I have a contract with Real Madrid for the next two years and I would not like to go on loan to any club again. With the experience of the last two years, I am a player who needs to feel important, I would like next year starting from the beginning and feeling important, but settling down. So, it’s important going forward to know what you want to do.
“I think that the player achieves his maximum level when he is completely happy and for that he has to be 100% focused on his club.
“I am 24 years old, I am a very young player, with a lot of future still ahead of me, and the truth is that my expectations are clear: to settle in a club, feel important and enjoy football.”
Ceballos had to go out on loan because he was not included in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for last two seasons. The Frenchman left Real Madrid for the second time on Thursday, but it’s not clear whether that will improve the former Real Betis man’s situation.
“It is true that with Zizou I had fewer opportunities than I had thought, but now Madrid is without a coach,” Ceballos explained.
“We do not know what will happen in two or three weeks, there is talk of many things and I think that right now is time to disconnect a bit from football, prepare well for what is coming and when Madrid have their next coach, let’s talk and see what we want, it will be time to decide the future.”
When specifically quizzed if it would be possible to return to Real Betis, Ceballos said: “Betis has a very good squad, I don’t know what Pellegrini and Cordón are planning for next year.”
“It’s still early and I have to focus on my next goal, which is to play the Olympics now. From there, decide my future.”
Ceballos, however, did rule out the option to join Sevilla this summer by stating it’s “practically impossible” for him to join Julen Lopetegui’s side.