Dani Ceballos confirms Arsenal exit as Real Madrid midfielder says an emotional ‘goodbye’ to fans following the end of his second loan spell
- Dani Ceballos has confirmed he will leave Arsenal following the end of his loan
- The Real Madrid midfielder wrote an emotional goodbye to the club’s fans
- The Spaniard has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Gunners
Dani Ceballos has confirmed his Arsenal exit after saying ‘goodbye’ to the club’s supporters following the end of his second loan spell.
The Real Madrid midfielder returned to the Emirates in the summer following a successful stint under Mikel Arteta in the 2019-2020 campaign, with the midfielder helping the club win the FA Cup.
However, Ceballos found himself in and out of the starting XI in the following season as Arteta experimented with a variety of midfield combinations.
Dani Ceballos has confirmed his Arsenal exit after saying ‘goodbye’ to the club’s supporters
The 24-year-old looks unlikely to return to the Gunners for a third time after writing an emotional message to the club’s supporters on Instagram.
‘Thanks @Arsenal and thanks to all Gunners,’ Ceballos wrote.
‘For welcoming me with so much love from the very first day I wore this jersey. For letting me experience the feeling of being a Gunner and allowing me to be a part of your family all this time.
‘A complicated year – for many reasons- has come to its end. Especially for having missed the chance of living home matches in the Emirates with our supporters.
‘Still, I assure you that I will never forget your warmth and support in every moment. I am sure that Arsenal, being a historic and great team, will soon be back on top, winning championships and being a reference as it is and always has been. This club, and especially its supporters, deserve it, and I am confident that they will achieve it.
‘Thanks to all those people who are part of the team: coaches, kit men, medical staff, communications and marketing team, employees, managers and especially the supporters.
The Spaniard endured a more difficult second season after impressing during his first year
‘All those persons who so often work quietly giving all they have for this great club.
‘I want you to know that I have always worked very hard and tried my very best for this crest and this jersey.
‘I wish you all the best and the success that I’m sure will come. Let’s go Gunners! GOODBYE. THANKS FOR ALL!’
Ceballos all-but confirmed he would not be returning to Arsenal for a third time in April when he admitted he preferred playing in LaLiga.
He told Onda Cero: ‘To be honest I like LaLiga a lot more. The Premier League is more complete but with my style, La Liga is much better for me.
The midfielder helped the Gunners win the FA Cup at the end of his first campaign
‘Another loan would be difficult from both sides, for Real Madrid and for me.’
‘I’m about to turn 25 in August and I have to settle at a club where I feel important, that’s what I’ll look for,’ he added.
‘I have a lot of affection for Betis, I’m a Betis fan, I watch every Betis game, [Manuel] Pellegrini is a really good coach who I like.’