Arsenal fans have demanded Dani Ceballos join the club permanently after the midfielder posted a cryptic tweet. The Spaniard is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid and has made 24 appearances this season, only being denied more by injuries.
Ceballos has enjoyed mixed success at the Emirates but has impressed on his return to the team under Mikel Arteta after fitness issues.
Yet the 23-year-old’s time in England may have been brought to an abrupt end by the coronavirus epidemic.
The global spread of the deadly COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of sporting events worldwide and the Premier League is no different, with all football in England paused until early April.
But there is serious doubt that the league will resume action on the scheduled return date, April 4, and question marks over whether the campaign will be continued at all.
If clubs do agree to complete the season, it’s expected the remaining nine matches will be played out across the summer.
But with Ceballos only tied down at Arsenal until the end of June, it is feasible that the Spain international has already played his final match for the Gunners.
He hinted as much on Twitter when he posted a picture of himself holding an Arsenal shirt outside the club’s London Colney training ground after being announced as a loan signing.
Despite still being an Arsenal player, Ceballos captioned the post: “Good memories.”
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And Arsenal fans flooded the replies telling the Real Madrid man to move to the north London club permanently.
“Sign permanent then,” said one supporter.
Another wrote: “sign da ting.”
“Please sign permanently I beg,” posted a third.
One more said: “Hope this is not the last time you post a pic with an Arsenal shirt in your hands.”
“Sign pls we love you xx,” wrote a fifth, while another said: “Don’t leave.”
This supporter said: “Stay please dani.”
“Sign permanently idolo,” added another fan.
One more declared: “Permanent deal imo.”
Arsenal do not hold an option within Ceballos’ loan agreement to make his move permanent.
But the Gunners could negotiate with Los Blancos to sign the midfielder permanently.
Real Madrid quoted interested clubs a fee of around £36m to sell Ceballos 12 months ago, though that fee may have risen since his time in the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said recently: “We haven’t had any discussions about it.
“I’m really happy with Dani and what he’s bringing to the team right now.
“It took him a while after his injury to get to the level that he has and that I’ve seen in the past. He’s performing much better now and that’s why he’s playing much more games.”
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