Ceballos open to Premier League stay as Arsenal loan runs down and Real Madrid door remains closed

The Spain international midfielder concedes he is unlikely to get many chances at the Bernabeu, and thus he must explore other available choices

Dani Ceballos is approaching the end of a season-long loan spell at Arsenal, but he could be open to extending his stay in the Premier League as doors remained closed to him at parent club Real Madrid.

The Spain international midfielder concedes that he is unlikely to be offered a clean slate right back at Santiago Bernabeu. With that in your mind, the 23-year-old playmaker is preparing to weigh up his options.

Having started off on the books at Real Betis, Ceballos has made no secret to the fact that retracing his steps to Andalusia could appeal at some stage. He might, however, have offers to remain in England after proving that he is more than with the capacity of holding their own in a physical division.

His campaign at Arsenal hasn’t always been hanging around, with injuries, a change in manager and the coronavirus outbreak hindering his cause, but Ceballos has showcased his talent.

A big decision now is based on store for the next transfer window, with nothing being ruled out as the 2019-20 season is played to a finish.

Ceballos told El Larguero when quizzed on his plans: “The owner of my future next year is me. Next year I want to play and I will barely be able to do it at Real Madrid.

“Would I return with [Zinedine] Zidane? I have to make the decision. He told me this season that a very important thing was for me personally to leave and get experience.

“Everyone makes their decisions and they have to be respected, I have nothing against him because he’s got always been clear with me.

“Betis? It is an option. I do maybe not close the door to play in just about any club. I really do not exclude continuing in the Premier [League].”

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Arsenal have agreed a short-term extension to Ceballos’ loan, allowing him to complete Premier League and FA Cup campaigns with the Gunners, and that he admits to having enjoyed his time working under fellow countryman Mikel Arteta.

“The coach plays a game title very similar to what [Manchester] City is attempting to do and I think we create a game philosophy that is problematic for the rival to participate in,” Ceballos, who helped the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Southampton in their latest outing, added.

“He doesn’t talk about anecdotes with Pep [Guardiola] nonetheless it shows in his training, I discovered a lot about soccer in another way. It is really a luxury to be able to learn from a coach with your qualities.”