Dani Ceballos may prefer to return to former club Real Betis than extend his stay at Arsenal, reports in Spain warn.
Ceballos spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid. In total, he made 35 appearances in all competitions, featuring heavily in the last month of the season.
Reports have indicated that Arsenal want to extend his loan for another year. With no future back in Madrid, the chance for continuity under Mikel Arteta could appeal to the Spaniard.
However, Mundo Deportivo warn that Ceballos is eyeing a return to former club Real Betis instead.
Ceballos came through the youth ranks at Betis, spending three full seasons in their first team before joining Madrid in 2017. However, it is believed he would be open to returning to the Seville-based side.
Indeed, the Spanish report (via Sport Witness) claims Ceballos is hopeful of a return to Betis – and has even been in contact with them to see if they can work out a deal.
Betis may struggle to afford the deal unless they can sell players first. However, they would be interested in Ceballos if financially possible.
If that doesn’t happen, then the 23-year-old would still be happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal could extend his stay either on a permanent basis or via another loan. And Mundo Deportivo reassure Arsenal fans that they are in “pole position” to land the playmaker again.
Ceballos open to Arsenal stay
Ceballos has gone on record to admit he would be happy to stay at Arsenal. He recently told Sky Sports: “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.”
Recent reports indicated that there would be two factors standing in the way of Ceballos staying at Arsenal, though.