The Real Madrid player, Dani Ceballos who is currently on loan at Arsenal has stated his interest in returning back to Spain once his spell is over. He has stated that he prefers La Liga more than the Premier League.
Ceballos started his career at Sevilla’s Youth academy. As a kid, he spent 5 years there before shifting to a currently third-tier team Utrera. After spending a few years there, he settled at Real Betis where he developed into a world-class player.
The Spanish midfielder played in the club’s youth academy for 3 years, and in 2014, he signed his first professional contract while still being a minor. He was sent to the Real Betis’ B team at the beginning. However, he hardly made any appearances that he was called to the first team.
He made only 1 appearance as he was promoted to the first-team at the end of the season. Real Betis were relegated to the Segunda Division which opened the doors for the youngster to grab a regular spot. He scored his first professional goal in the second division and made an overall 35 appearances as he helped his team get back to the La Liga in the first attempt itself.
Dani Ceballos had earned his spot and featured regularly for the team. He renewed his contract till 2020 after helping his club get promoted. However, 2 years later, Real Madrid came calling and they signed him for €18 million on a 6-year contract. Ceballos played for 2 years with Los Blancos and won 4 trophies in that span.
In 2019, he joined Arsenal on loan initially for a year, which was later extended by another as he mentioned in an interview during his second spell that Mikel Arteta’s presence made him take this decision.
Ceballos rules out his contract extension plans with Arsenal:
Ceballos had a dream start to his Premier League career as he assisted both the goals in his Arsenal debut. Although the team results have not been that good, he has been getting what he came for, improvement. In fact, his successful spell is what made him rejoin The Gunners for another year.
Arsenal this season have been completely offbeat. After a bright start, they soon crumbled and were threatened to be relegated had they continued that form. However, a few good displays put up by the team at the start of the new year has cleared them of that possibility.
The club has what it requires to be a top team, however, they only activate a top-team like performance occasionally. Otherwise, they are just a regular mid-table team. Struggling to compete for the top-4 spot, they are currently 10th in the League which can further decrease when other clubs have played their matches.
A Champions League spot is impossible and a Europa League spot is looking slim. However, they can get a direct ticket to the prior if they pass the Villarreal test in the Europa League semi-final and go on to win the final.
Dani Ceballos has revealed his desire to go back to his old club Real Betis. As he is turning 25 this year, he has prioritised settling down at a club and enjoy his prime years. If Real Madrid has plans for him with 2 years remaining in his contract is unknown.
“To be honest I like LaLiga a lot more. The Premier League is more complete but with my style, La Liga is much better for me. Another loan would be difficult from both sides, for Real Madrid and for me.” – Ceballos told Onda Cero.