One of the players who arrived on loan at Arsenal under Unai Emery, Dani Ceballos, has already started talking about his next move.
He has admitted that he must join a team where he will be important in a European Championship and Olympic year.
“My objective is to play in the European Championship and Olympic Games, and when they are happening you need to find a team where you feel important,” Ceballos detailed in an interview with Canal Sur Radio.
Real Madrid is unlikely to use him in 2020/21, though it’s another matter entirely whether they sell him or look to loan him out: “The future is far away, we can’t predict what will happen in a month and a half.
“Now we are focused on the postponed game against Manchester City on the 17th.”
A return to his former club, Real Betis, is not completely out of the question and it would be nice for the midfielder to return to a familiar setting in a year that could end with him representing Spain at two tournaments: “Right now, realistically, Betis has a team to be in the top six in Spain, they have high-quality internationals and they must fight for European football, they have a good dynamic at this moment and we hope it can continue in such a way.”
The Spanish midfielder was not trying to conceal his love for Los Verdiblancos when pressed on the subject of a possible homecoming to Real Betis: “I won’t deny that my team is Betis, they are the club that I love and the one which allowed me to develop as a professional footballer. The feeling I have for them is different to every other club I’ve been at.”
Ceballos believes that despite his own mixed form with Arsenal, players should take the opportunity to play in England if given the chance though.
“Anyone who likes football like I do would have to come and play in the Premier League sometime.
“Football in England is like a religion, it is played every three days because there are two cup competitions.
“The fans are very respectful and they live it differently to what happens in Spain, although this doesn’t mean the Spanish league is less important it’s just that in England football is breathed from every angle.”
It has been quite common for players to leave Spain for the Premier League since 2009 and this is expected to continue even though we don’t know yet about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football finances.