The 23-year-old failed to win the full trust of Zinedine Zidane following his €18 million transfer from Real Betis two years ago and was desperate to leave Real Madrid in the summer.
Unai Emery played a decisive role in convincing the creative midfielder to join Arsenal on loan ahead of north London rivals Tottenham and the Spain international has quickly established himself as fans’ favourite at the Emirates Stadium.
Ceballos is due to return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season but admits he simply wasn’t enjoying his football at the Bernabeu.
‘Going to Arsenal has been a very important step in my career,’ he said.
‘I don’t feel sorry for not being in Madrid. Right now I am where I want to be and I am very happy. My idea was to go out, play and enjoy football.
‘In the previous two years I had not done so.
‘My goal is only to work to keep doing things right.
‘I have eight months left at Arsenal, I can only thank them for the confidence that the coach and fans have placed in me, who have already made me a song. I am very happy there and I hope to continue for a long time’
Ceballos’ impressive early performances for Arsenal has earned him a promotion to the senior Spanish squad having impressed at the Euro Under-21 Championships last summer.
‘In this national team there is no one indisputable,’ he added at a press conference ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Sweden. ‘I am very happy with the trust that has been placed in me.
‘Our goal is to reach the European Championship in the best possible conditions. We have a team with a lot of room for improvement.
‘We work side by side to show the level we want in the European Championship.’