Dani Ceballos’ ‘goal’ is to return to Real Madrid at end of Arsenal loan

Dani Ceballos in Arsenal Training Session
Ceballos’ parent club is Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Dani Ceballos has insisted he intends to return to Real Madrid to fight for a starting spot when his loan spell at Arsenal expires.

The midfielder is a big favourite at Arsenal and the Gunners are thought to be keen to extend his stay at the Emirates for at least another season.

Ceballos was signed by Unai Emery and then did superbly to fight his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans when he returned to full fitness at the start of the year.

But the Spain international appears determined to prove himself at his parent club and reiterated his desire to break into Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

‘I have not spoken to Zidane, he is now focused on his players,’ he told Onda Cero about his future plans.

‘When my loan contract ends I will be a Real Madrid player again. My goal is to succeed there.’

The 23-year-old signed a six-year deal when he joined Real in 2017, but joined Arsenal last summer after being guaranteed first-team football by Emery.

Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil in Arsenal training
Arsenal resume action on 17 June (Picture: Getty)

Ceballos is set to finish the season at Arsenal despite the fact the 2019/20 campaign will run until the end of July.

Arsenal take on Manchester City in their first game back on 17 June and Ceballos is eager to end the season strongly with the Gunners languishing in ninth place in the Premier League table.

‘I had to be away for a long time due to injury but I worked hard to turn the situation around,’ said Ceballos.

‘With Arteta, I have had a very good relationship since he arrived, he has given me confidence and now I am focused on ending the season in the best possible way and achieving our goals.’

Arsenal players can avoid a 12.5 per cent pay cut if they manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but there is an eight-point gap between the Gunners and fourth place.

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