The Gunners took the Spain international on a season-long loan for 2019-20, but there have already been rumours of a permanent agreement being sought
Unai Emery has fended off questions regarding Arsenal’s reported interest in doing a £30 million ($39m) deal for Dani Ceballos, with the Gunners boss claiming it has been “too soon” to discuss a potential agreement.
The Spain international arrived at Emirates Stadium over the summer on a season-long loan and, having been deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, the 23-year-old was happy to take on a new challenge in England.
A bright start to his time in north London has seen many call for him to be snapped up permanently, with questions asked of Emery’s decision to bench Ceballos for a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
The Arsenal manager has been aware of the speculation suggesting that he wants a fellow countryman tied down long term, but claims to be paying little attention to it at present.
Quizzed on the transfer talk ahead of a Europa League outing against Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday, Emery said: “I think it has been too soon to say that. Ceballos has been doing great things here, he has been playing regularly.
“Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this has been just the beginning.
“But, always, all the players need time to adapt to the Premier League. He’s in that process and I really want to accelerate it.
“We are trying to use that energy and enthusiasm reflected in the way we want to play.
“He has had some good games, sometimes it’s not been easy for him. But I think that’s normal.
“But I think it’s too soon to say that we want to incorporate him in different conditions.
“We are only in October, still a long way to take that process.
“The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos has been that he can bring us all his potential and help us to achieve all our goals as a team, with more positive performances. We are more than happy to count on him.”
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Ceballos has taken in 12 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions.
His early outings in 2019-20 saw him billed as a suitable successor to fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla in a midfield playmaking post for the Gunners.
There has been the odd dip since then, as there has been as a collective for Emery’s side, but there has been still plenty of potential to be unlocked in both a talented individual and a team harbouring ambitions of breaking back into the Premier League’s top four this season.