Dani Ceballos insists he feels ‘very loved’ at Arsenal despite speculation linking him with an exit during the January transfer window.
The Spanish international arrived at Arsenal on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last summer, but after an initial bright start has struggled to make an impact, failing to force his way back into the side after suffering an injury against Vitoria in the Europa League in November.
Since returning to full fitness, the 23-year-old has so far struggled to win favour with the club’s new head coach, Mikel Arteta having replaced Unai Emery in December.
The midfielder’s lack of minutes led to reports he was prepared to terminate his loan spell as he sought regular action in a bid to make the Spain squad for this summer’s European Championships, though Ceballos has now expressed his happiness in north London and determination to ‘restore the trust’ of the Gunners’ support.
“I have never had a quiet transfer market, neither in summer nor winter,” Ceballos told Marca.
“It is a sign that you do things fairly well so that there are teams interested in you.
“But it is also true that I like a stability in a club and I decided to stay at Arsenal, because they signed me and I want to restore trust because I think it is time to step forward.
“It seems silly, but Arsenal fans have a song dedicated to me. There are only three or four players on the team who have a song and they have been there for many years.
“I feel very loved every time I play at the Emirates.”