Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 6:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.9kShares Dani Ceballos has become a key part of Arsenal’s midfield under Mikel Arteta (Getty)Mikel Arteta played a key role in convincing Arsenal’s hierarchy to re-sign Dani Ceballos on loan, according to reports in Spain.Ceballos spent last season on loan with the Gunners and played a key role in Mikel Arteta’s midfield once the campaign restarted after lockdown.The midfielder, who helped Arsenal win the FA Cup at the end of last term, returned to Real Madrid in the summer but quickly discovered that he was not part of Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans once again.Arsenal were keen to re-sign Ceballos on a loan deal which included an option to buy, but Real Madrid were unwilling to agree to the Gunners’ proposal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Marca, Arteta was so concerned about potentially missing out on signing Ceballos that he intervened and convinced Arsenal’s hierarchy to agree to a loan deal on Madrid’s terms.Ceballos, meanwhile, revealed this week that he had already told Arteta before returning to Madrid that he was keen on extending his stay at Arsenal.‘People always say the first year is one of transition, but after the lockdown we saw the Dani Ceballos we all wanted, with the arrival of Mikel, we know the team improved,’ said Ceballos. Comment Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup last season (AP)‘I found a position which isn’t usual for me, a bit more defensive. The Premier League takes you to the limit both physically and technically. I think I’ve improved a lot over the last six months.‘After the season I spoke to Jose Angel Sanchez [Madrid’s CEO] and I told him I’d spoken to Mikel about staying at Arsenal, they told me to wait for a month for the team come back and take a decision, but my idea was clear to return to my club where I’d ended well with the boss’s confidence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You look at what’s coming next summer, the Euros and Olympics, you need an important role in your team and after the lockdown I found the role I’d been looking for in recent years with Mikel.‘When a player is totally happy, personally and footballistically, you find the right position on and off the pitch. I decided to stay for another year.‘I was totally happy, and I could develop my game in a totally natural way.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta made special request to Arsenal board over Dani Ceballos loan Advertisement
New Delhi : World Cup returnees Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been handed West Indies central contracts for the first time while seven players have been given all-format contracts.The number of all-format contracts for the men has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining those in the Test and ODI formats — captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach — on the list.In total, 19 men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas who were part of the West Indies team which finished ninth out of 10 teams in the World Cup.Meanwhile, 15 women an increase of three have also earned central contracts including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.Cricket West Indies (CWI) policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to men’s players, so the selection panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as the board has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.WEST INDIES MEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20:All-Format Contracts:Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar RoachRed-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel WarricanWhite-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.