Dani Ceballos has underlined his ambitions to make a success of his time at Arsenal but says his ultimate ‘wish’ is to wear Real Madrid’s colours once again and prove himself to Zinedine Zidane after their frank talks in the summer.
The 24-year-old midfielder is currently enjoying his second loan spell in north London and has made 23 appearances for the Gunners under head coach Mikel Arteta this season after helping the club win the FA Cup last term.
Madrid head coach Zidane was honest with Ceballos ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and urged the Spaniard to return to the Emirates and secure regular playing time away from the Bernabeu.
But Ceballos has not yet given up hope of becoming a key player for Madrid, where he is tied into a deal until 2023.
‘I signed a long contract with Madrid. I have two and a half years left,’ Ceballos told Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
‘My goal is to succeed at Arsenal. My wish is to wear the Madrid shirt.
‘For those of us from Madrid, the arrival of Zinedine Zidane been good for everyone.
‘Each coach has their taste in players. He told me that he needed me to play and get minutes. He was clear with me.’
Ceballos has been impressed by Arteta’s start at Arsenal – despite the club’s recent struggles – and believes their relationship is helped by the fact his manager was also a midfielder during his playing days.
‘Mikel is a coach that suits me like a glove because he played in the same position as me,’ he added.
‘He wants us to play forwards when we steal the ball.
Ceballos has made no secret of his desire to rejoin boyhood club Real Betis in the future and it’s clear the club have a special place in his heart.
‘I want to go back and meet the fans,’ the Spain international continued.
‘Someday I will return and return the love we have had.
‘Betis is different from any club in the world.’