Hector Bellerin says Dani Ceballos played an influential role in deciding to join Real Betis and spoke of the move with the Real Madrid midfielder while on loan at Arsenal, via Marca.

Bellerin departed the Emirates Stadium on a season-long deal that does not feature any purchase terms. That’s according to football.london, who note the full-back has an uncertain long-term future in north London as his contract expires in 2023.

Bellerin says a decision to join Real Betis had been bubbling at Arsenal for a while. The Spaniard even discussed the switch with Ceballos during his two-years in England on loan.

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Bellerin and Ceballos discussed leaving Arsenal for Real Betis as they sought to stay united.

“I have spoken more with Dani than with my parents in these last two weeks,” Bellerin said. “Being at Arsenal, we have always talked about it, that it would be a dream to be able to play together. We have known each other from the lower ranks of the national team, and we are both very Betis.

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“We have always seen Betis’ games in London, we have always talked a lot about the subject. And in the end, well, he is a player who would like to be here. [But] because of the circumstances, he has not been able to, but nothing, I always know Dani. I mean, we have that dream of playing here together. So, maybe one day it can come true [in January].

“The most important thing is that he was very happy that I was here. He told me that he would take good care of me, and I would be like nowhere else. I have his help, he has told me that whatever I need, he has friends everywhere.”

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Ceballos could not reunite with Arsenal’s Bellerin at Real Betis after the Real Madrid ace suffered a serious ankle injury. He tore the ligaments in his left ankle during Spain’s first match at the Tokyo Olympics. And may now have to wait until January to join Real Betis.

Bellerin certainly seems keen to see his compatriot make the move to the Benito Villamarin Stadium at some stage. The pair have played 54 matches together for club and country in their careers – including 42 with the Gunners.

In that time, the idea of leaving Arsenal for Real Betis was clearly a hot-topic for Bellerin and Ceballos. And with the former losing his way at the Emirates Stadium, will hope the long-sought move proves beneficial.

Mikel Arteta had omitted the £110k-a-week defender from his last two Premier League squads before sanctioning a last-ditch deal. The Spaniard fell behind Cedric and Calum Chambers in his compatriot’s pecking order, and has been replaced by Takehiro Tomiyasu.