Dani Ceballos has quickly won over Arsenal fans, and is adapting to life in the Premier League.
Many have questioned Real Madrid’s decision to allow the young midfielder to leave. In a recent article in Spain’s Mundo Deportivo journalist Javier Alfaro writes that Zinedine Zidane made “a very serious mistake by not having him at Real Madrid.”
During the International break Ceballos spoke of his season long loan move from Real Madrid to Arsenal.
When he heard his name being sung by fans at the Emirates in his first match, he expressed amazement at the gesture.
“I’m very grateful. It was my first day and it was as if I’d been playing in England 10 years.”
Ceballos comes from the same hometown as former Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes. Fans will remember that Reyes had a hard time adjusting to life in London. This appears not to be the case for Ceballos.
I love the city; I love the Premier League and love Arsenal. I’m just really, really happy to be part of this great club. I’ve hardly noticed any difference in size between Real Madrid and Arsenal. And the fans are very passionate, they love the players. It’s much easier to adapt because they make you feel like you’ve been at the club forever. I love the way everyone’s treated me. They’ve put a lot of faith in me.
It’s well known that Zidane did not try to convince Ceballos to stay. He apparently is not a part of the coaches’ current plans.
Instead of bashing his parent club, Ceballos spoke of the positives surrounding his move to London.
“You have to be realistic. The two good games I’ve had so far for Arsenal I never had in two years at Madrid.”
I’ve been warned about the cold. But I love football here, the way they live and breathe it. I’ve never seen anything like it. You play away and there are at least a thousand fans supporting you.
I don’t care if it’s raining or snowing. I’m looking forward to playing every three days over Christmas. It’s a great experience.
I don’t know what I’ll say in a year but now I’m happy. They see the game like I do; I love football like they do. They respect you and a player has to feel wanted. You applaud them and they applaud you back.
Real Madrid’s loss is looking like Arsenal’s gain. It’s unclear what the future holds for Ceballos.
According to Spain’s Don Balon, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has made it clear that Ceballos will return to Spain next season.
Many Arsenal fans are already hoping that Arsenal will be able to make Ceballos’ loan deal permanent.
Stay tuned to see how this one plays out.