Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos reveals details of Unai Emery transfer phone call
The midfielder has impressed fans in north London since joining on loan before the start of the season.
Real Madrid may well want to keep Ceballos when he returns to Spain next year.
But the Spaniard has revealed how Emery’s phone call was enough to persuade him to join Arsenal in the summer.
“It’s true that at times the desire to be near the ball gets the better of me and I can lose my position,” Ceballos told the Guardian.
“I have a big margin for improvement; with experience I can.
“Unai clearly has faith in me. He’s the one who called and told me to come to Arsenal, because I’d have a prominent role and would like his idea of playing.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his work.
“When you have the coach’s confidence it’s much easier to perform. I want to repay that.
“We, footballers, have feelings, just like anyone else. We have our low moments and you have to be very strong mentally. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.
“Knowing the coach believes in you is 60 per cent of it, knowing that if you make a mistake he’ll back you.
“It’s only been four weeks so it’s hard to say what I really think yet, but from what I’ve seen it’s the most competitive league in terms of quality and the physical side.
“It’s the league with the highest standard, the biggest demands. I have to adapt.”
Ceballos also impressed on international duty last week, playing a big part in Spain’s victory over Romania.
The 23-year-old will be hoping to continue his impressive form when back playing at club level this weekend at Watford.