Dani Ceballos has hinted that he may well be looking to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.
The Gunners loan recruit arrived in July from the Bernabeu on a 12-month deal and he has endured a mixed start to his career in the Premier League.
Still the 23-year-old says he is “where I want to be” and has admitted he had to leave Madrid after starting just 17 LaLiga games in two seasons.
For Unai Emery’s men the midfielder has made eight Premier League appearances, including five starts in a central midfield and attacking midfield roles
“Real Madrid are doing pretty good and I know there are several out injured at the moment,” Ceballos said, as cited by Marca.
“I am now at Arsenal and I feel very good. I was clear that I wanted to leave. I have been successful leaving Madrid. Right now I am where I want to be and I am very happy.
“My idea was to go out, play and enjoy football. In the previous two years I had not done so.”
The Spain international is due to return to the Spanish capital at the end of the campaign, but his latest comments may well point to him staying.
Arsenal are believed to have wanted a purchase option in the deal with Madrid, but Zinedin Zidane’s men were not keen despite Ceballos reportedly having a difficult relationship with the French boss.