Dani Ceballos not a target for permanent Arsenal deal insists Mikel Arteta after injury hampers Real Madrid youngster’s loan at the Emirates
- Mikel Arteta has denied talks over signing Dani Ceballos permanently
- The 23-year-old has been a key part of Arteta’s plans since the Spaniard’s arrival
- Ceballos is on a season-long loan and there is no option to purchase the player
- The Madrid star made a strong start to the season but has had injury setbacks
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has denied rumours that the club has made contact with Real Madrid over signing Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal.
The 23-year-old is currently at the Emirates on a season-long loan from the Bernebeu however the deal includes no option to buy the player permanently.
Ceballos has endured a frustrating season in which a bright start was followed by injury setbacks, leading to talk of the Spaniard returning to Madrid in January.
Mikel Arteta has denied reports of talks between Arsenal and Real Madrid over Dani Ceballos
The Spaniard has been a key part of Arteta’s plans and is on a season-long loan at Arsenal
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However, the midfielder has regained his fitness and been a key figure in Arteta’s side, featuring in the five games since the close of the January transfer window.
Ceballos has played 23 games in all competitions for the Gunners this season, scoring once and providing two assists for his Arsenal team-mates.
His countryman Arteta denied reports that talks are underway over a permanent move for the midfielder.
‘We haven’t had any conversations,’ he told the press on Thursday. Should Arsenal want to purchase Ceballos, the club will have enter fresh negotiations with Madrid to keep him beyond June 30.
The 23-year-old has had a mixed season with injury setbacks stumping his progress
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