|Org||Spain National Team|
|Club as Player||Arsenal FC [Loan]|
2019 06 28 Retrieve
[Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Dani Ceballos has become trickier with the Real Madrid midfielder declaring he does not want to be sold. Ceballos, 22, has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in a deal that could send Christian Eriksen the other way] I don’t want to be sold. I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be. I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year [yet]. I play to have fun. I really want to show what I’m good at. This year hasn’t been my best season. I wanted to get things off my chest.
[A full Spain international, Ceballos is currently preparing to face Germany in the final of the European Under-21 Championship] The important thing is that we’re in the final. They came out on top two years ago. It was a tactically masterclass. We have the opportunity for revenge. This team has room to improve and we’ve still not reached our best level. We hope to be at our best in the final
: 2019 07 16 Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a move for Dani Ceballos.
: 2019 07 24 Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as they prepare to announce the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba.
: 2019 07 25 Arsenal have completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal. The Spaniard will wear the No. 8 shirt for the Gunners, the squad number previously assigned to Aaron Ramsey, who left the club to join Juventus on a free transfer
2019 07 25b Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos says Unai Emery was the deciding factor in convincing him to join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid] 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. I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal. 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 will hope to settle in and stake his claim for a starting berth as soon as possible] I have the coach - who is Spanish - and Hector, which will help me get used to life in London. 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 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
[Speaking following the completion of his temporary switch to Emery’s side] I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt. I’m joining an historic Premier League side and it’s a step forward in my career. I know the Premier League because I followed it while I was in Spain. It’s a very tactical league but it’s also physical. I’ll need to adapt to the team but I can’t wait to get started. It’s really exciting.
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos believes Unai Emery is capable of bringing the best out of him] 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. I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal. 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
2019 07 26b Retrieve
[Arsenal’s new loan signing Dani Ceballos says inspiration from the late Jose Antonio Reyes helped convince him to join the Gunners] Arsenal have always kept a close eye on my career. But at the end of the day all players have to make decisions in their careers. This is a historic club that I’ve always looked out for because of Jose Antonio Reyes, who is from the same town as me and played here. He made history at this club, winning the league title, so it’s an important step in my career for me to join Arsenal.
[For Ceballos, growing up with local hero Reyes playing for some of the world’s biggest clubs proved quite the inspiration] I spoke to his father just before coming here. He told me not to think twice because this is a wonderful club. Jose had a fantastic time here. When I came into the training ground today I saw a picture of him and it really struck me because he’s like my childhood idol. Being at the club where he made a name for himself is a big step forward and I hope to make this club even bigger
2019 07 30 Retrieve
[Arsenal new boy Dani Ceballos is eager to emulate the impact of his fellow Spanish midfielders Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates Stadium] When I knew I was joining the club I looked at the Spanish players that had played here in the past. I think Santi Cazorla played some amazing football here and Cesc was the captain for a long time
I think Cazorla is one of Spain’s best midfielders. I’d love to play with him one day - although that would be tricky because there’s a big age difference between us. The level Cazorla played at last year after coming back from a really serious injury that just wouldn’t go away … I really think you have to take your hat off to him because I don’t think many players would be able to do what he has done
[Ceballos also singled out compatriot Cesc Fabregas as an inspiration] Cesc has always been a player with real character and pride inside. I think you have to have a huge sense of responsibility to be the captain of a club as big as Arsenal and he never faltered. He always took responsibility at Arsenal, Barcelona and with Spain and he’s always stepped up at the key moments at all of his clubs
2019 09 12 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos says Aubameyang’s like Ronaldo but Lacazette is better] We’ve got a very good, compact side and the three up front really make the difference. You can compare Aubameyang to Cristiano when he was at Madrid in the sense that he plays close to the goal he lives for scoring. He’s very important for us, fundamental. Nicolas Pepe is very direct. And Lacazette, for me, is the best player: he understands the game perfectly and, if he’s 100 per cent, he’s going to give us so much. Fitting all the players together must heat up the manager’s head. I don’t think the míster repeated an XI in four games, which keeps us alert
I love the city, I love the Premier League and love Arsenal. I’m just really, really happy to be part of this great club. I’ve hardly noticed any difference in size between Real Madrid and Arsenal. And the fans are very passionate, they love the players. It’s much easier to adapt because they make you feel like you’ve been at the club forever. I love the way everyone’s treated me. They’ve put a lot of faith in me
2019 09 12b Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos has admitted to being left in awe of Liverpool’s high-pressing prowess following Arsenal’s suffocating 3-1 defeat at Anfield in August] I’ve never seen anything like what I saw at Anfield. I haven’t seen a team that plays better, that presses like them, the way the fans carry them along. They take the air from you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to do something with the ball, when you want to breathe, they’re back on top of you. They’re very well-drilled
[The player is confident that manager Unai Emery can do the same job in north London] We can’t compare it at the moment. We’re working on some similar things, but Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015. Unai came last season. Arsenal finished a point short of the Champions League and a small step from winning the Europa League; his arrival will be positive. In a few years Arsenal will be in the top 10 teams globally, competing for everything
[Ceballos cited Emery’s faith in him as inspiring his good start to the season for the Gunners] I have a big margin for improvement; with experience I can. Unai clearly has faith in me: he’s the one who called and told me to come to Arsenal, because I’d have a prominent role and would like his idea of playing. It’s the league with the highest standard, the biggest demands. I have to adapt
2019 09 14 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos admitted that he had felt out of his depth during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool ahead of the international break] They take the air from you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to do something with the ball, when you want to breathe, they’re back on top of you. They’re very well-drilled
2019 09 15 Retrieve
[Lacazette may not be as prolific as his great mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the France striker is arguably the more important of the two, simply because of what he brings to the team] Lacazette is the best player for me. He understands the game perfectly and if he’s 100 per cent, he will give us so much
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 10 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos insists he has not given up on his Real Madrid dream despite being sent out on loan to Arsenal this season] When I don’t play, I don’t enjoy myself. These two years [at Real Madrid] I’ve learned a lot from the club, but now I’m enjoying it [football]. I knew it was an important year, the coach has doubts and he who doesn’t play doesn’t go [to Euro 2020], so it was a good time to go on loan. With [Arsenal coach Unai] Emery’s confidence I may have many chances to be in the Euros squad. I never thought about going permanently. My goal is to succeed at Real Madrid. I will fight to fulfil my dream
You’re seeing that maybe it wasn’t the year to play for Real Madrid. It has been a very successful decision [for Odegaard], he has a lot of room for improvement. From now to the next few years, he will be a very important player for Real Madrid
[Euro 2020 is not the only international tournament Ceballos hopes to feature in over the next year, as he will do everything he can to get Madrid to approve his decision to play at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo] It’s something that I may not play in my life again. I would put my dream on the table to the club. I have spoken with people from the [Royal Spanish Football] Federation who know that I would like to go, I would be delighted. I want to go to the Olympics and to the Euros. There are two tournaments that demand a lot of responsibility. I don’t care if I don’t have a holiday. I’m 23 years old and I’ll rest when I’m older
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