Arsenal make Dani Ceballos transfer decision as Mikel Arteta makes window plans

Arsenal are not looking to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan deal at the club for another season. Ceballos moved to the Gunners last summer on loan from Real Madrid with former boss Unai Emery convincing him to join up while he was still in charge at the Emirates.

The midfielder enjoyed an impressive start in north London but a hamstring injury last November sent him to the sidelines for three months.

Upon his return the Spain international was without Emery, who was sacked due to a series of poor results, and found Mikel Arteta in charge who left him on the bench for three consecutive Premier League matches

But the 23-year-old turned a corner and started in Arsenal’s last three league fixtures before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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According to El Confidencial, however, the Gunners do not intend to negotiate with Real about a second loan deal, which means the Spaniard is likely on his way back to the Santiago Bernabeu as there is no purchase option in the agreement they made last summer.

Arsenal, though, will look to come up with a consensus with the La Liga giants to hold on to the player until the end of the season, which is bound to last longer than expected should the campaign restart.

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Ceballos was linked with a move to Sevilla but he is determined to go back to Los Blancos and earn his way into Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

Emery, though, continues to praise the former Real Betis star’s talent and even suggested that he could become a key player under Arteta once the Premier League season restarts.

Emery said: “Dani is a player who has excellent qualities and an incredible mentality: he wants to succeed. For Arsenal it was a great market opportunity.

“He played with me, then he was injured and he was out for a long time, he has recovered and now, when the league resumes, he will certainly demonstrate his qualities again.”

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Fans have received a significant boost of a Premier League restart after the government revealed plans for sporting events to return behind closed doors from June 1.

Supporters, though, will not be returning to the stands for a significant amount of time that could last until 2021 and plans are subject to change depending on how well the pandemic is contained.

A government document read: “It is likely that reopening indoor public spaces and leisure facilities (such as gyms and cinemas), premises whose core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs), venues that attract large crowds (like sports stadia), and personal care establishments where close contact is inherent (like beauty salons) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”

The season has been suspended ever since March 9 due to the pandemic, which has led to more than 30,000 deaths in the UK – with reports suggesting the actual number of fatalities may be as high as 50,000.

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