Ceballos refuses to rule out Real Betis return

    Dani Ceballos has refused to rule out a potential return to Real Betis if he fails to secure a permanent stay at Arsenal at the end of the season

    Ceballos joined Arsenal from Real Madrid last summer on a season-long loan and has moved on to make just 12 Premier League starts this campaign.

    Despite enjoying a bright start to his life in London, the Spanish midfielder has tumbled down Mikel Arteta’s pecking order due to a nasty muscle injury that kept him out of action for almost two months.

    Although the Gunners agreed to extend Ceballos’ loan until the end of the season, there’s still a veil of mystery surrounding the 23-year-old’s future.

    In addition to Arsenal, several other European sides, including the Spaniard’s former team Real Betis, are interested in acquiring the playmaker’s services.

    Ceballos, who seems highly unlikely to fit into Real Madrid’s plans for the next season, has admitted that he could return to Betis if his career at the Emirates comes to an end this summer.

    “Betis? It’s an option,” he told Cadena SER, as relayed by the Evening Standard. “I’m not closing the door on any club. LaLiga sounds good to me, but I’m also happy at Arsenal, and I have to respect them.”

    “The owner of my future next year is me,” he continued.

    “Next year, I want to play, and I will hardly be able to do it at Real Madrid.”

    Ceballos’ 91st-minute winner against Sheffield United on Sunday propelled Arsenal to the FA Cup semi-finals, which has been his first goal scored for the Gunners in domestic competitions this term.

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