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Dani Ceballos sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal stay


Ceballos is keeping his option open this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos has refused to rule out staying in the Premier League after his loan spell at Arsenal from Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has been one of Mikel Arteta’s most-used midfielders since the former Manchester City assistant took over from Unai Emery in December.

Earlier this week, the Gunners moved to extend the midfielder’s stay at the Emirates until the end of the current Premier League campaign, but his future after that remains undecided.

Ceballos has been linked with a move back to his boyhood club Real Betis, and while the Spain international’s holds concerns over his potential playing time back at the Bernabeu, he is keeping his options open.

‘The owner of my future next year is me,’ Ceballos told El Larguero.

‘Next year I want to play and I will hardly be able to do it at Real Madrid.

Arteta will have to make some big decisions on transfers this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

‘If I would return with Zidane? I have to make the decision. He told me this year that the best thing was for me to leave and get experience.

‘Everyone makes their decisions and they must be respected, I have nothing to attribute to him because he has always been very clear with me.

‘Betis? It is an option. I do not close the door to play in any club.

‘I do not rule out continuing in the Premier [League].’

Ceballos was also full of praise for Arteta, who he has thoroughly enjoyed working under at Arsenal.

‘The coach plays a game very similar to what [Manchester] City is trying to do and I think we make a game philosophy that is difficult for the rival to fit in,’ he added.

‘He does not talk about anecdotes with Pep [Guardiola] but it shows in his training, I have learned a lot about soccer in a different way.

‘It is a luxury to be able to learn from a coach with these qualities.’

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