Arsenal have completed the signing of Dani Ceballos on a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid.
Arsenal have now won it, bringing in Ceballos on a season-long loan despite interest from Tottenham. He becomes their first major signing of the summer
The 22-year-old midfielder will take the club’s No 8 shirt after becoming Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of winger Gabriel Martinelli earlier in the window.
Fans Scope understands Tottenham also showed an interest in a deal for Ceballos, who says he opted to join the Gunners because of the draw of working with Arsenal’s Spanish manager Unai Emery.
“I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start,” he told the club’s website.
“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.”
Emery said he is delighted to add a player with technical and creative ability into his squad ahead of the 2019/20 season.
“We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision,” he said.
Ceballos says Arsenal’s right-back Hector Bellerin played a part in convincing him to move to north London.
“As you know there are Spanish players [at Arsenal] like Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin.
“I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level. 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.
“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.”