According to Antonio Romero who featured on Carrusel Deportivo, Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos has been in contact with Real Madrid regarding a potential return to the club.
➡️Dani Ceballos está hablando con el Real Madrid para que se termine su cesión con el Arsenal y le busquen otro equipo
➡️Tiene como objetivo ir a la Euro y en el Arsenal no está disputando los minutos que le desearía. pic.twitter.com/l7ThLC3VXK
— Carrusel Deportivo (@carrusel) January 22, 2020
It has been claimed that Ceballos, who’s currently still officially on loan at Arsenal, would like to seek a way out in order to gain some game-time.
Of course, with the European Championship rapidly approaching, the young midfielder has only one goal in mind – make it to the tournament in good enough form to be called up and feature for his country.
But at the moment, the new gaffer, Mikel Arteta, doesn’t seem to be so keen on the player and his game time has taken a hit as of late. Injuries have also played their part but even after his recovery, he’s been on the bench three times in the last four games and was left out of the squad entirely for the other one.
Quite clearly, if he wants minutes, he’ll have to look for them elsewhere.
Ceballos’ worries are very much justified – he needs minutes in order to get back into form and earn a place in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.
But why would Real Madrid accept his plea and even if they did, would there really be room for him in Los Blancos’ squad? At the moment, that seems rather unlikely.
In the Spanish capital, he would have to compete with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde and for a player that’s struggling to impose himself at the Emirates, it’s difficult to see him succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Arsenal are currently tenth in the table and Ceballos is essentially missing out on a starting berth to Mesut Ozil, who hasn’t scored and has made just one assist in the Premier League all season. If Ceballos can’t rise above that competition, he won’t have much chance back at his parent club either.
For that reason, this makes little sense both for him and for Zinedine Zidane. Probably the best thing Real Madrid can do is tell Ceballos to knuckle down and learn from the experience.