Mikel Arteta ‘in a few years will be one of the best managers’ believes Dani Ceballos, as former Arsenal midfielder looks to have showdown talks with new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti over his future at the Spanish giants
- Dani Ceballos played under Mikel Arteta for almost two seasons at Arsenal
- Ceballos has returned to Real Madrid following the end of his two-year loan
- The 24-year-old is debating his future at Real but wants to remains in LaLiga
Dani Ceballos has endorsed the managerial credentials of Mikel Arteta, declaring that the Spaniard will be one of the world’s best in the future.
Ceballos has worked under Arteta for the majority of the past two seasons while on loan at Arsenal – allowing him to see the Gunners’ boss methods at close quarters.
Those two terms were a mixed bag at the Emirates with the first ending in FA Cup glory but the latter seeing the club fail to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years.
Dani Ceballos (right) believes Mikel Arteta will be one of the best managers in the future
Ceballos won the FA Cup in his first season on loan at Arsenal under the Spaniard in 2019-20
However, this season at the Emirates was a disappointment as they failed to qualify for Europe
But despite that setback, Ceballos – who has returned to his parent club Real Madrid – has every faith in Arteta, especially after working under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
‘Arteta is a coach who has been with Guardiola for a few years,’ he told Cadena SER.
‘He is a coach who in a few years will be one of the best, but I would like to return to La Liga.’
After returning to Real this summer, Ceballos’ future is now on remaining in LaLiga – whether with the Spanish giants or in a permanent transfer elsewhere.
The midfield playmaker joined Real from Real Betis on a six-year contract in July 2017. He spent his first two campaigns with them before the subsequent two were on loan at the Gunners.
He has two years left on his Real Madrid contract and either wants to stay or leave permanently
Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as Real’s manager earlier this month, for a second spell, and before deciding his future Ceballos plans to talk to the Italian first.
‘I believe that this year I have hardened a lot as a player and I think now is the time to settle in a club with a long contract and be able to show my game,’ the 24-year-old added.
‘Ancelotti has just arrived and we have to talk. I have never met him, but there are players who speak well of him. I’m sure that Madrid will be good.
‘It is clear that the first thing is to talk to the coach and find out what he wants from me and also tell him what I want, which is to be important.
‘I am not going to the European Championship and soon there will be a World Cup. It has to be a talk between the two with clear things.’
Ceballos will hold talks with new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti over his future at the club