Dani Ceballos has stated that he wants to return to Real Madrid next year and make a name for himself there.
It is a far-cry from earlier reports that he was keen on making his Arsenal loan a permanent one after a bright start to life in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old was largely ostracised by Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu after making the move from Real Betis in 2017.
But an impressive Under-21 Euro Championship with Spain led to the midfielder asking to leave temporarily to prove his credentials elsewhere.
Unai Emery snapped up the 23-year-old and has looked impressive in his early showings at the Emirates, and he later hinted that a permanent move could be on the cards.
However, Ceballos has addressed these rumours head-on categorically stating that he has no intention of abandoning his Real Madrid dream.
Asked about not enjoying his time at Real, Ceballos clarified to Radio MARCA: “My words were misunderstood.
“When I do not play, I don’t enjoy myself.
“I knew that it was an important year, the coach [for Spain, Robert Moreno] has doubts and the one who doesn’t play isn’t going to be called up – it was a good time to go out on loan.
“With [Unai] Emery’s confidence, I may have a chance of going to the Euros.”
When pressed on whether or not he will leave Real Madrid, he replied: “I never thought of leaving permanently. My goal is to succeed at Real Madrid. I’m going to fight to fulfil my dream.
“A player is not happy if he doesn’t play, but when he feels important and does, then he is happy.
“Obviously I have been at Real Madrid, I have learnt from the best and I have won trophies, but it is easier when you play matches.
“I’m happy and I feel important [at Arsenal], with room for improvement to play at the Euros next year.”