Dani Ceballos explains why he snubbed Tottenham to join Arsenal

first_imgReal Madrid’s Dani Ceballos turned down Tottenham’s advances to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has revealed that Unai Emery was a key factor in his decision to join Arsenal on a season-long loan amid strong interest from Tottenham.Spurs were in pole position to land Ceballos earlier this summer, but Emery’s personal intervention convinced the Real Madrid midfielder to choose the red side of north London.The 22-year-old Spain international becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the window after Gabriel Martinelli, 18, completed a move from Ituano to the Emirates.Ceballos has been handed the No.8 shirt which has been vacant following Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Tottenham were confident of a deal after meeting with Ceballos and his family before the European Under-21 Championships, the Spaniard’s mind was made up when Emery reached out over the phone.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery assured his compatriot that he would be a key part of Arsenal’s plans should he agree to the temporary switch.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked why he chose Arsenal amid interest from other Premier League clubs, Ceballos told the club’s official website: ‘I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start.‘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.’ Comment Dani Ceballos explains why he snubbed Tottenham to join Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link819Shares Emery convinced Ceballos to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)On Ceballos’ arrival, Emery said: ‘We’re excited to see Dani join us.‘He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.’MORE: Manchester United defender Eric Bailly stretchered off against Spurs with knee injurycenter_img Ceballos will wear the No.8 shirt at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin, who has a close relationship with Ceballos, played a key role in persuading the midfielder to join Arsenal.Asked which players he spoke to before signing, Ceballos replied: ‘Well, as you know there are Spanish players here 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.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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