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Dani Ceballos backtracks on Arsenal comments: I'm fighting for Real Madrid

Dani Ceballos insists he does not want to leave Real Madrid on a permanent basis.

The midfielder hinted this week that he would like to stay at Arsenal, where he has impressed on loan so far this season.

But the Spaniard says his words were misunderstood.

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 have learnt a lot in these two years at Real Madrid, but now I am enjoying [my football].

"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."

On whether he wants to return to Real, he stated firmly: "I never thought of leaving permanently. My goal is to succeed at Real Madrid. I'm going to fight to fulfil my dream.

He continued: "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."

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