|Club as Player||Arsenal FC [Loan]|
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[New Arsenal favourite Dani Ceballos insists he made the right move in leaving Real Madrid] I don’t feel sorry for not being there [Madrid]. I know what I have in my head and that was to play and enjoy playing. I am very happy in Arsenal, I played 10 games where I showed my best level. Now I am where I want to be.
My idea was clear from the outset, play and enjoy football because in the previous two years I had not and I have been successful going out to Arsenal
2019 10 08b Retrieve
[Ceballos is happy to team up again with former Real colleague Sergio Ramos in training with the national side] Sergio has won everything at the club and national team level. Despite having a lot of experience he continues to demonstrate the ambition of a young man, that ambition makes him different from the others.
2019 10 08c Retrieve
[Ceballos is looking forward to catching up with Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is currently on loan with Real Sociedad from Madrid] I’ve only played alongside Odegaard for one pre-season but he still caught my attention. He can contribute a lot to La Real, he has a lot of room for improvement
2019 10 08d Retrieve
[Ceballos is delighted with his international call-up] I am very happy with the trust that has been placed in me. Our goal is to reach the European Championship in the best possible conditions. We have a team with a lot of room for improvement. We work side-by-side to show the level we want in the European Championship
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Emery chastised Xhaka in the wake of the game, saying ‘he is wrong’ to react to supporters] To be united is the start; to keep united is a progress; but to work together and united, will lead us to success. Let’s go boys! Together we can make it!
2019 11 29 Retrieve
[Ceballos thanks for everthing after Unai Emery’s sacking] Coach, I just wanna thank you for helping me during the time we spent together. I wish you all the best for your future problems
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[For 83 minutes against Burnley back in August, Dani Ceballos did more to light up Emirates Stadium than the summer sunshine] It was my first day and it was as if I’d been playing in England 10 years. I’m very grateful.
[Immediately the comparisons with another Spanish magician began] The king is still Santi Cazorla. I have a lot to learn to become like him
2020 02 12 Retrieve
[Ceballos opens up on snubbing Klopp for Arsenal] I was proud to have a club like Liverpool after me, but I chose Arsenal because of Unai Emery and how he was with me. Right now, I wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool very well. Unai was key to me being at Arsenal. I went to play at a club like Arsenal because, apart from the fact that it’s a massive club, Unai practically came to my house to tell me that he loved me as a player, that he’s been in love with me since I played for Betis…
The confidence of a coach is key to giving your best performance. Unai told me that I would be important with him at Arsenal and I didn’t have any doubts about going there. Klopp is a great coach but you have to look at the playing philosophy of each team. Right now, my style of play wouldn’t fit in the best possible way in a team like Liverpool. Still, being linked to the best teams just shows I am doing things right
I’m a football player with a great vision for the game and I think in recent years I’ve improved my defending too. I work hard on the pitch and I have the quality to make that final pass. These days coaches want ‘complete’ players, whereas before it was all about having quality and attacking. Now, No.10s have virtually disappeared in football. You have to be more complete, quality has to be accompanied by the physical side. The most difficult thing in football is to have quality, the physical side can be improved with hard work and dedication day by day - I think the Premier League is going to give me many things that I didn’t have before
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos says he is uncertain about his future] I finish my contract on June 30 but I would have to [continue to] play for Arsenal [when football returns]. I don’t know how [that would work with his loan technically having finished]. It would be irresponsible from my side to talk about my future. The most important thing will be to be important for my new team. I came to Arsenal to be an important player but in the last month that all disappeared [due to coronavirus stopping football].
[On whether he could have left Arsenal in January] Yes, my agent told me about the interest of other teams but I did not play because I was coming back from injury. I started training and changed my situation. In the last month-and-a-half I felt important. I knew about Valencia’s interest
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos says Guardiola is possibly the best coach in the world] I’m very happy with Mikel. He, as an assistant, learned from possibly the best coach in the history of football. He has some basic concepts and a winning mentality. I think he’s going to be one of the best coaches [in England] very soon
[Ceballos went on to reveal that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has advised him to be patient] When I was at Valdebebas two or three months ago, he told me that he was following the Premier League, that he’d seen me play and that he was happy that I was getting the minutes that I didn’t have at times before. My relationship with him is good. He always used to say that I was like him, that I was an energetic player that needed to play lots of games in order to play at a high rhythm. He always said that my future is at Real Madrid and to be patient because I might get the opportunity
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Ceballos has not spoken to Zidane since leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on loan] I haven’t spoken to Zidane since I left. It has to be difficult to have a dressing room with so many players. I don’t think Zidane talks to the loan players
[When asked if he thought he would play for Madrid again] Hopefully. I now have a contract with Arsenal. At the moment in Madrid it is difficult to play with the players that are there. Now I am focused on being important at a club
The club has put us in training and I go to training camp individually. It is the only thing I leave home for. I woke up one morning and saw [Mikel] Arteta [had tested] positive. The team was quarantined.There were players with symptoms, but we are all fine. They haven’t tested us. I am doing as best as I can. It is hard being away from family. Here [in England] you can walk down the street with ease and go out to exercise once a day
It is what I think because I identify with his way of playing, although in Arsenal in three months I have learned a lot with Mikel Arteta
2020 05 14 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos hits out at Bale’s Real Madrid critics] It is a league that would be quite good for him, but he is a fundamental player for Madrid. Let us not forget everything he has given the club. Whoever does not trust him, put on the Champions League final. He has given enough to the club
I am happy and I have a contract with Real Madrid. I am 23 years old, I have not passed the rice. Now I feel much more a player and I am prepared for any challenge that comes my way
Yes, my agent told me about the interest of other teams but I did not play because I was coming back from injury. I started training and changed my situation. In the last month-and-a-half I felt important. I knew about Valencia’s interest.
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[On-loan Arsenal midfielder Ceballos reiterates desire to succeed at Real Madrid] I am a Real Madrid player … and any player in the world would like to play for Real Madrid. I have a contract with them for three more years and they are the ideal team to succeed.
[Still, Ceballos’ future at Madrid is up in the air, as the midfielder revealed last month that he had not spoken to manager Zinedine Zidane since leaving to join Arsenal] I haven’t spoken to Zidane since I left. It has to be difficult to have a dressing room with so many players. I don’t think Zidane talks to the loan players.
2020 05 20b Retrieve
[The 23-year-old revealed Arsenal players had returned no positive tests for coronavirus] We passed the tests and the truth is that the whole team has tested negative
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Ceballos eager to prove his worth to Zidane after Arsenal loan] I have not spoken to Zidane, he is now focused on his players. When my loan contract ends I will be a Real Madrid player again. My goal is to succeed there.
I had to be away for a long time due to injury but I worked hard to turn the situation around. With Arteta, I have had a very good relationship since he arrived, he has given me confidence and now I am focused on ending the season in the best possible way and achieving our goals.
We are training with a lot of precautions, two tests per week; I am not afraid because I see it being difficult to get infected in training with so many measures
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Ceballos open to Premier League stay as Arsenal loan runs down and Real Madrid door remains closed] The owner of my future next year is me. Next year I want to play and I will hardly be able to do it at Real Madrid. Would I return with [Zinedine] Zidane? I have to make the decision. He told me this year that the best thing was for me to leave and get experience. Everyone makes their decisions and they must be respected, I have nothing against him because he has always been very clear with me. Betis? It is an option. I do not close the door to play in any club. I do not rule out continuing in the Premier [League]
The coach plays a game very similar to what [Manchester] City is trying to do and I think we make a game philosophy that is difficult for the rival to fit in with. He does not talk about anecdotes with Pep [Guardiola] but it shows in his training, I have learned a lot about soccer in a different way. It is a luxury to be able to learn from a coach with these qualities