Dani Ceballos has told Arsenal he is ready to see out the season at the Emirates – despite his loan deal from Real Madrid ending on June 30.
English football is in shutdown at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak, with all Premier League fixtures currently postponed until April 30 – and likely to be delayed even further.
The suspension has left players uncertain of their futures, with many in a similar contractual position to Ceballos, with deals running out on June 30.
Arsenal though are confident that an agreement can be reached with Real to extend the midfielder’s loan until July – and Ceballos has now confirmed he wants to see out the season here no matter how long it takes.
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Ceballos said: “I finish my contract on June 30 but I would have to continue to play for Arsenal when football returns.
“I don’t know how that would work.
“It would be irresponsible from my side to talk about my future. The most important thing will be for me to be important for my new team.
“I came to Arsenal to be an important player but in the last month that all disappeared.”
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Ceballos was linked with moves to Valencia and Real Betis in January, and those clubs are expected to still be interested at the end of this campaign.
But the 23-year-old, who has impressed in his spell at the Emirates, said: “My agent told me about the interest of other teams but I didn’t not play because I was coming back from injury.
“I started training and changed my situation. In the last month-and-a-half I felt important. I knew about Valencia’s interest.”
Arsenal though are interested in Valencia’s 23-year-old-midfielder Carlos Soler – but the Gunners want the £36million price tag reduced before they make any move.
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Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka has opened up on what he has been taught by Mikel Arteta.
“He’s someone who understands the players, understands the club and all the ideas that he’s bringing in,” he said.
“He has a clear strategy of how he wants us to play and we’re just really excited to work with him.
“He’s teaching us little things that we didn’t know before and just bringing in his own strategies, his own ways of playing. We can see that it’s going to work, we’re just looking forward to doing it.
“Maybe one thing that I’ve picked up straight away is that when nobody’s pressing you, you don’t need to pass the ball. What you can do is just get the ball, drive the ball forward a bit and wait for someone to come to you, commit a player, then pass it.
“Then that man will be free or that man will have less pressure on him. It’s just attracting players before you pass the ball off, which will help our team-mates a lot on the pitch.
“He has his own way, his own philosophy and he’s even talked about bringing his own philosophy to the club, to try to bring the club back to the direction we need to be in.
“We need to win games and win trophies, so I feel like he has that vision and that strategy. He knows how he wants us to get there. If we can be on board and do what he wants us to, we’ll do well.”
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