Spanish playmaker praised Arteta after Arsenal exit

Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has lavished praise on Spanish head coach, Mikel Arteta following his return to parent club Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old playmaker has spent two year on loan at the Emirates and during his time at the club they have won the FA Cup trophy in 2020.

However, after a promising debut campaign as a North London club, in his second season with the Gunners, Ceballos slipped down the pecking order behind Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe, resulting in being in the starting XI only 17 leagues appearences during 2020-21.

The Spanish international was full of praise for his ex-boss and told El Larguero: “Arteta is a coach who I am sure will be one of the best in the world in the next few years, but I would like to return to the Spanish league.”

On his future at Real Madrid, Ceballos added: “Zidane was always very clear with me. He told me that he was a player for the future at Real Madrid. I asked him to leave on loan the first year and he told me that a year at Real Madrid was like eight years away. He was right.

“The first thing is to talk to the coach [Ancelotti]. What I want is to be important, I have missed the [Spain squad for the] Euros. I will make it clear to the coach that I want to feel important every Sunday.”