Real Madrid are considering the possibility of keeping Ceballos at the club for the upcoming season, according to Spanish media outlet Marca.
Dani Ceballos joined Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer. He was in and out of the team for much of the season and did not have a significant impact on the club’s fortunes due to injuries and a lack of form.
He impressed Mikel Arteta during the winter break and worked his way into the first team at the expense of Lucas Torreira. The Spaniard seized his opportunity and became a crucial part of Arsenal’s first team. He was one of the club’s most impressive players after the resumption of the Premier League and played a vital role in Arsenal’s FA Cup victory.
The Gunners want to keep him on loan for another season. They would ideally like to sign him on a permanent deal but that looks unlikely this summer because of the financial impact of the coronavirus. Real Madrid seemed to be open to the possibility of the player spending another year in North London.
It was understood that Zidane did not view the 24 year old as a player that would be part of his plans for the upcoming season. The club’s stance on Ceballos seems to have changed since their elimination from the Champions League. Real have been affected financially as a result of the pandemic and do not plan on spending big this summer.
They are considering employing a strategy that would include recalling a couple of their players who are out on loan and giving them a chance to prove their worth to Zidane during preseason. This would give the club the chance to strengthen the team at no additional cost.
Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard are two players who look likely to be given an opportunity to impress the head coach and earn their place in his squad. Real Madrid have been impressed with Ceballos’ recent performances for the Gunners and want to give him another chance to succeed in Spain.
The former Betis midfielder is known to be keen on regular game time next season and it remains to be seen how he would feel about this arrangement. In the past, the player has spoken about his desire to succeed at Real but more recently has indicated that he is well settled in North London and would be open to staying at Arsenal.
His priority is to start for his club on a consistent basis as he looks to seal a spot in Spain’s national team for next summer’s European Championship.