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Unai Emery says it is too early for Arsenal to think about signing Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos permanently and believes he still has plenty of room for improvement.
Reports emerged recently suggesting the Gunners were looking to keep the Spanish playmaker beyond his season-long loan, with a fee of around £30million likely to be enough to land him.
But Emery has played down the speculation and says a decision will not be made over Ceballos’ future just yet, with his only focus on helping the midfielder adapt and improve.
Asked for his thoughts on potentially spending £30m on Ceballos, Emery told reporters in Spanish: ‘I think it is very soon to say that.
Ceballos is doing great things here, he is playing regularly. ‘Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning.
‘But always all the players need time to adapt to the Premier League. He’s in that process and I really want to accelerate it.
‘We are trying to use that energy and enthusiasm reflected in the way we want to play. ‘He has had some good games, sometimes it’s not been easy for him. But I think that’s normal.
‘But I think it’s very soon to say that we want to incorporate him in different conditions. ‘We are only in October, still a long way to take that process.
‘The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is that he can bring us all his potential and help us to achieve all our goals as a team, with more positive performances. We are more than happy to count on him.’