Dani Ceballos remains coy on his future amid Arsenal concerns

    Dani Ceballos keeps his options for the future available and refuses to commit to rejoining Arsenal next season as he’s set to return to Real Madrid

    Ceballos spent a season-long loan at Arsenal after failing to convince Zinedine Zidane to hand him regular first-team action at Real Madrid.

    After a blistering start to his career in London, the 23-year-old playmaker had endured a torrid time on the sidelines, seeing his influence on the Gunners game diminish over the course of the season.

    However, Ceballos returned to be a protagonist down the final stretch of the 2019/20 season, re-establishing himself as an essential piece of Mikel Arteta’s jigsaw.

    His 91st-minute winner against Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals eventually proved vital to Arsenal’s efforts to secure European football for the next season.

    Ceballos starred for the Gunners in 2-1 victory over Chelsea an all-London FA Cup final on Saturday evening.

    That triumph sealed Arsenal’s place in the 2020/21 Europa League group stage.

    However, Arteta’s side have failed to broker Ceballos’ permanent deal, which means the midfielder will return to the Bernabeu before reassessing his options.

    The highly-rated Spaniard’s boyhood club Real Betis are interested in bringing the former employee back to Andalusia, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City keep the Spaniard under consideration.

    Although he’ll have plenty of options to choose between this summer, the Utrera native remained coy when asked to provide an update on his future.

    “I haven’t spoken to Real Madrid yet, but anyone who wears that shirt is happy,” he said, as relayed by the Daily Mail.

    “Madrid are better than any club in the world. We’ll see about my future.

    “I’m not thinking about whether or not I can play for Real Madrid, Arsenal or another club.

    “Now it’s time to disconnect. I have to be calm and think clearly with my family about the coming year.”

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