Dani Ceballos is close to sealing another loan spell with Arsenal, according to a report in Spain.
Such is the midfielder’s fractured relationship with Zinedine Zidane, the 23-year-old looks set to return for another season at The Emirates.
AS via Sport Witness say Ceballos’ troubled connection with the current Los Blancos boss, means he is unlikely to return and play for the the LaLiga champions next season.
The paper claims a season-long loan deal with the Gunners is close to being wrapped up, although Real will ask for a higher fee this time around.
They are aware of Mikel Arteta’s liking for the player and his 36 appearances this term means that his loan fee will be increased, which The Sun claim was £15m this season.
Real may also ask for an obligatory buying option to be inserted in the Spain international’s loan deal.
Ceballos has settled into life under Arteta after initially struggling with injury. He has been deployed as a no.8 under Arteta rather than the attacking midfield role that Unai Emery used him in.
Last week Ceballos told Sky Sports (via the Mirror): “I have to be calm. I have to return to Real Madrid, and they have to make a decision because I have a contract there for three years.
“Once I know their decision, I will sit down with my family and the people close to me and see what’s for the best.
‘Evolving the right way’
“The truth is I’m very happy at Arsenal. It’s a club in which I already have a year experience, so it would be easy to return.
“I wouldn’t have to adapt to a new league or new club with different managers and players. I think it would be a good step for me.”
The feeling is also mutual, with Arteta keen to keep the player.
“I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving, and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session and every game, you just have to see his celebrations.
“I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us,” Arteta said earlier this month.