Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos drops major hint on Arsenal future

Dani Ceballos of Arsenal
Ceballos has impressed in spells at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has told Dani Ceballos his future lies at the Bernabeu, amid speculation that Arsenal are keen on making his loan move permanent.

The Spain international has impressed on his season-long loan with the Gunners, becoming a key creative outlet in Mikel Arteta’s side.

Despite missing almost two months of action with a muscle strain, Ceballos was beginning to flourish until the Premier League season was indefinitely postponed over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Arsenal and Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old on a permanent deal, but Zidane believes he has a place in the Madrid side.

‘I saw Zidane in Valdebebas a few months ago when I was recovering from my injury and he told me that he watched my games with Arsenal,’ Ceballos told DAZN.

‘I have a good relationship with him and he always told me that we are similar players in the sense that I need to play very often in order to be in good condition.

‘He always told me that my future is in Real Madrid and that I needed to be patient because I will likely have a chance.’

SEVILLA, SPAIN - MARCH 8: Coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis Sevilla v Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 8, 2020 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Zidane says Ceballos has a place at Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

Ceballos was due to return to Spain at the end of the season, but with the current league campaign postponed, his future is now up in the air.

Speaking to El Chiringuito earlier this month, the midfielder said: ‘I finish my contract on June 30. I would have to play for Arsenal, I don’t know how [it would work].

‘The relationship of the future would be irresponsible for me to speak about.

‘The most important thing will be to be important for my new team.

‘I came to Arsenal to be important and in less than a month it has disappeared [because of coronavirus].’

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