Arsenal boss Unai Emery still keen to sign Dani Ceballos despite recent comments

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Unai Emery will reportedly try to sign Arsenal loan star Dani Ceballos on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old has impressed since moving to north London and recently said he was ‘very happy’ with the Gunners.

Despite this the Spaniard has made it clear that he would like to return to Real Madrid in future to try and make things work at the Bernabeu.

Ceballos was given few opportunities by Zinedine Zidane last season, therefore forcing him to look elsewhere for regular football.

And he has featured in 10 games that Arsenal have played in all competitions this season.

According to AS, Emery will “definitely” try to sign the midfielder permanently after his season-long loan expires.

The report says that Emery is aware that it will be difficult to convince Real Madrid to sell but that he s going to try.

Ceballos insisted that part of the reason he joined Arsenal was to be named in Robert Moreno’s Euro 2020 squad.

Speaking to Radio Marca, he said: “When I don’t play, I don’t enjoy myself.

“These two years (at Real Madrid) I’ve learned a lot from the club, but now I’m enjoying it (football).

“I knew it was an important year, the coach has doubts and he who doesn’t play doesn’t go (to Euro 2020), so it was a good time to go on loan.

“With (Unai) Emery’s confidence I may have many chances to be in the Euros squad.

“I never thought about going permanently. My goal is to succeed at Real Madrid. I will fight to fulfil my dream.”

Ceballos has offered Arsenal something different in midfield so far this season, with his man-of-the-match debut against Burnley a highlight.

And he netted his first Gunners goal in the 4-0 Europa League win over Standard Liege earlier this month.

Emery’s men sit in third place in the Premier League after eight games.


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