DANI CEBALLOS reportedly wants a move to Real Betis despite Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believing he wants to stay at the Emirates.
The midfielder joined the Londoners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer.
And he showed flashes of his talent in what was a difficult season that saw Unai Emery replaced by Arteta as boss.
Speaking about the 24-year-old's future, Arteta was in a bullish mood.
He said: "Well, we have had some talks and Dani knows really well what I think about him.
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“He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us, but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.
“But he’s a player that we are interested in because we really saw, in the last few months of the season, what he is capable of bringing to us."
But if the latest reports emerging from Spain are to be believed, Ceballos to Arsenal is unlikely.
Mundo Deportivo is reporting that the player has told employers Real Madrid that he prefers a move to LaLiga rivals Real Betis.
Despite James Rodriguez nearing a move to Everton, Ceballos would not be guaranteed game-time under Zinedine Zidane.
And with the French boss saying he wants to give Martin Odegaard his chance this season, Ceballos has decided Betis is his "favoured" destination.
Real Madrid would likely sanction another loan move – but expect their LaLiga rivals to stump up his full wages – believed to be £50,000 a week.
Ceballos settled into a good partnership with Granit Xhaka when the Premier League came back from coronavirus lockdown.
And he played the entire 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
However, Ceballos’ loan from Real has now come to an end and he is expected to report back for duty in the Spanish capital ahead of the new LaLiga season.
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