Arsenal have finally managed to bring in midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.
The club released an official statement which read: “Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos is joining us on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
“The 22-year-old made 13 La Liga starts for Real Madrid last season.
“Dani will be wearing the No 8 shirt and will be available to make his debut at the Emirates Cup this Sunday.”
And now speaking in his first interview, Dani Ceballos has revealed why he chose to join the Gunners despite interest from a number of other European clubs.
Ceballos said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Dani Ceballos also revealed in the interview that before joining the North London side he spoke to fellow Spaniard Hector Bellerin indicating that the right-back had a big influence in making up the midfielder’s mind.
“Well, as you know there are Spanish players here like Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin. I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level,” he added.
“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.
“Yes, I have the coach – who is Spanish – and Hector, which will help me get used to life in London.
“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.”