Real Madrid Send Out Midfielder Ceballos to Arsenal on Loan

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Arsenal have signed Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

The Spaniard will wear the No. 8 shirt for the Gunners, the squad number previously assigned to Aaron Ramsey, who left the club to join Juventus on a free transfer.

“We’re excited to see Dani join us,” Arsenal boss Unai Emery said. “He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.”

Ceballos could make his debut against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

Ceballos impressed for Spain in the European Under-21 Championship in July, scoring two goals as well as being named in the Team of the Tournament.

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.”

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