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Ceballos has No Regrets over Leaving Real Madrid


7Dnews London

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:25 GMT

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos attributed his joining the Spanish national team to his decision to leave Real Madrid, Reuters reported on Tuesday October 8th.

Spanish national team manager Robert Moreno recalled Ceballos to join the team to face Norway and Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures on September 12th and 15th, respectively.

Ceballos said that his decision to leave Real Madrid and join Arsenal helped him improve and enjoy playing football.

Ceballos played 11 times for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting two others, earning himself a call-up to the Spanish national team.

"I'm at Arsenal right now and I feel very good," Ceballos told reporters on Tuesday October 8th in Madrid, where the Spanish team are training.

"I knew I definitely wanted to leave (and) I was right to leave Madrid. Right now, I'm where I want to be, and I am very happy. My idea was to leave, play and enjoy football. Over the past two years I have not done that.”

He joined Real Madrid from Real Betis in 2017, but he failed to establish himself as a key player under Zinedine Zidane in his first spell at the club.

When the French coach returned in March, Ceballos was again surplus to requirements and moved to Arsenal on loan in July.

It would be difficult for Ceballos to re-join Real Madrid in the coming season, as Zidane seeks to get Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen to the Royal Team from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.