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‘A really important player for us’ – Arteta keen to extend Ceballos stay at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has suggested he is looking to keep Dani Ceballos at the club beyond the end of his current deal, praising his passion and evolution in recent months.

After an injury-hit campaign, Ceballos has developed into a key figure under Mikel Arteta, who had previously challenged his compatriot to ‘fight for his place’ in his side.

The midfielder has expressed his desire to ultimately be a success at Real Madrid, though he is not thought to be in the immediate plans of Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game against Leicester City, Mikel Arteta has spoken glowingly about the on-loan midfielder, suggesting he would be keen to keep him at Arsenal beyond the end of this season.

“I am really happy with him. I love how much he likes to play football, the passion he puts into every training session and in every game. His celebrations, whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, he puts his life into it,” Arteta said.

“He’s evolving the right way and has become a really important player for us.

“We are talking to the club – obviously we don’t own the player, it’s not in our hands. The clubs need to have communication and see what we can do.”

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