A vital cog in the Arsenal revival under Mikel Arteta has revealed talks to discuss his future at the club will take place on Friday.
Fresh off lifting the club’s 14th FA Cup on Saturday, the feel-good factor has returned at The Emirates.
A mid-season manager switch didn’t initially seem to have had much effect, but Arsenal finished the season strongly under Arteta.
One of the key components in that rejuvenation was on-loan Spaniard Dani Ceballos.
The 23-year-old quickly fell out of favour under Unai Emery at the season’s beginning, but found greater backing under Arteta.
Indeed, Ceballos appeared in all 12 of Arsenal’s matches after football’s restart.
His loan spell has now expired, however, and the player has revealed when talks to discuss his future will take place.
He told Spanish radio station Cadena SER (via The Mirror): “It’s a satisfaction to have won the FA Cup. I’m thrilled to end the season with a title.
“Real Madrid have remained close to me throughout the season, not just now. I’m grateful for that. I spoke to the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has congratulated me for the title.
“From today, I am a Real Madrid player and I’m happy about that. Real Madrid have an important game against Manchester City and from then on, I will talk to the club and discuss my future.”
“It’s clear that Real Madrid have great players. They have won the most important title this season, which is La Liga.
“I need to talk to the club and will do so after [Real Madrid’s game] against [Manchester] City and evaluate what is best for me.”
That Champions League tie with Man City takes place on Friday, meaning Arsenal won’t have long to wait before gaining clarity.
Keys to next step are revealed
Multiple outcomes are possible regarding his future, with everything in play for the time being.
Alternatively, Real may be appropriately satisfied with his progression and deem him worthy of adding to their first-team squad next year. While a sale within La Liga to former club Real Betis has also been touted.
Regardless, Ceballos will be happy as long as he is playing, with his intentions to represent Spain in international competition a motivating factor.
“Next year there’s the European Championship and the Olympics and I want to enjoy football,” he added.
“I want to be happy and play a minimum of 35 games, that is my aim.”