Dani Ceballos reveals why he snubbed Liverpool for Arsenal transfer

Dani Ceballos runs with the ball at his feet in training for Arsenal
Ceballos wanted to leave Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)

Dani Ceballos has revealed he snubbed a move to Liverpool last summer to join Arsenal instead.

The Real Madrid midfielder has endured a frustrating time at Arsenal and reportedly tried to cut his loan spell short in January, only for the Gunners to block his efforts to leave.

Ceballos was drawn to Arsenal by now sacked coach Unai Emery and the Spaniard explained why he chose to reject a switch to Liverpool.

He told Marca: ‘I was proud to have a club like Liverpool after me, but I chose Arsenal because of Unai Emery and how he was with me.

‘Right now, I wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool very well. Unai was key to me being at Arsenal.

‘I went to play at a club like Arsenal because, apart from the fact that it’s a massive club, Unai practically came to my house to tell me that he loved me as a player, that he’s been in love with me since I played for Betis.’

 Dani Ceballos is pictured in Arsenal training
Ceballos is eager to play more (Picture: Getty)

‘The confidence of a coach is key to giving your best performance. Unai told me that I would be important with him at Arsenal and I didn’t have any doubts about going there.’

Ceballos is yet to make a Premier League appearance under Mikel Arteta, but the 23-year-old is keen to play more after the winter break.

‘I have never had a quiet transfer market, neither in summer nor winter,’ Ceballos said.

‘It is a sign that you do things fairly well so that there are teams interested in you.

‘But it is also true that I like stability at a club and I decided to stay at Arsenal because they signed me and I want to restore trust because I think it is time to step forward.

‘It seems silly, but Arsenal fans have a song dedicated to me. There are only three or four players on the team who have a song and they have been there for many years.

‘I feel very loved every time I play at the Emirates.’

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