Real Madrid are set to cut short loan spell of Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos in the Premier League with Arsenal and has blocked his move to Valencia. The 23-year-old seeks regular playing time ahead of this summer’s European Championship.
Ceballos joined Arsenal on a season-long loan deal from Madrid last summer but he has made just 11 Premier League appearances. The Spaniard is said to be keen on returning to Spain in order to join a club where he will play regular first-team football.
The midfielder has been linked to Valencia and Real Betis, who Ceballos played for between 2014-17 before moving to Santiago Bernabeu. And according to Spanish publication Marca, Madrid have blocked Ceballos from making a loan move to Valencia. The report add that Madrid don’t want him to sign for their rivals on loan as they believe they will be strengthening them in their chase for the La Liga title.
After a promising start at the Emirates, the midfielder has failed to play a single minute since November 6 for the Gunners. He missed nine Premier League games due to a muscle tear injury but is now back to full fitness. He has so far been overlooked by new manager Mikel Arteta.
However, Arteta refused to be drawn on reports suggesting Ceballos could return to Madrid after failing to make an impact during his loan spell at Arsenal. The manager is said to have deemed the midfielder surplus to requirements, despite appearing to offer his compatriot a lifeline earlier this month.
Arteta said: “I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained with us for a week or 10 days.
“I heard about all those things [returning to Madrid] but I have nothing to comment.”
“It’s true that I have players in that position who have been performing really well, and last week when I believed that he was ready to step in, I decided to pick another player,” he added.
Earlier in the month, Ceballos had dropped a hint that he could be set to leave Arsenal after posting a message on social media to teammate Hector Bellerin.
He was on the bench for Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, where the 10-man Gunners fought back from behind twice.
Commenting on Hector Bellerin’s Instagram post after the full-back’s late equaliser against the Blues, he appeared to suggest that a permanent move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of his loan stint is unlikely.