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Ceballos ‘turns down Spurs’ to sign for Arsenal

Loan midfielder joins from Real Madrid

26 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

ARSENAL snapped up their second signing of the summer yesterday (Thursday) after capturing Dani Ceballos on a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old midfielder said he felt “proud” to be joining “a massive club” as he posed with the number eight shirt that he will now be wearing.

What made the signing even sweeter for the Arsenal faithful are reports that Ceballos turned down Tottenham in favour of moving to the Emirates Stadium.

The player made it clear that Gunners gaffer Unai Emery was a major factor behind his decision-making.

“I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start,” Ceballos told the club’s website.

“I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal.

“The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.”

Heaping more praise on Emery, Ceballos added: “He’s a very tactical coach and I think that’s going to really help me to perfect my positioning. I think we’re both going to try our best to make me a better player.”

Ceballos is the second player to join the Gunners this summer, following in the footsteps of Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli.

Emery said he is delighted to finally add Ceballos to his squad.

“We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision,” he said.

But Emery wasn’t the only reason Ceballos opted for Arsenal.

“As you know, there are Spanish players at the club, like Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin,” Ceballos explained.

“I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level. I told him I was thinking of joining and he told me not to think twice because this is a great city and a great club, and that I was going to have a great time. I can’t wait to see him and say thanks for his help in getting me here.

“I have the coach – who is Spanish – and Hector, which will help me get used to life in London. I need to get used to what the club expects of me and adapt as quickly as possible, because that will be vital if I’m to be successful at this club.”

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