Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes it is ‘too early’ to be making suggestions about making Dani Ceballos’ loan deal from Real Madrid permanent.
The Spain international is on a season-long loan deal at the North London club from Madrid, with it previously assumed that he will return to the Spanish capital at the end of the campaign.
A report this week in El Desmarque claimed the Gunners had already made a €30m bid for the midfielder but Madrid’s valuation stood above €35m.
“I think it is very soon to say that,” Emery told reporters.
“Ceballos is doing great things, he is playing regularly. Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning.
“We had some good games, sometimes it is not easy for him, I think that’s normal, but I think it is too soon to say if we want to incorporate him in different conditions.
“We are only in October, there is still a long way to take that process. The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is if he can bring us all his potential.
“If he can help us to achieve all our goals as a team with more positive performances, we are more than happy to count on him.”
Earlier this week, El Desmarque claimed that Ceballos has spoken directly to Madrid president Florentino Perez and has insisted that he open talks with the Gunners over a permanent move.
The 23-year-old has already notched up 12 first-team appearances for Unai Emery’s side this campaign having started just 17 La Liga matches across the past two seasons combined at Los Blancos.
Ceballos is said to have a strained relationship with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and the Frenchman’s position by next summer could be key for the future of the midfielder.
Madrid signed him for €14m from Real Betis in 2017 and are said to be looking to bring in three times that transfer value should they go down the route of a permanent sale.